Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo Building, Japanese 2020 Design, Property

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo

Sports Arena Building Japan design by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Sustainability

27 May 2014

Statement released by Edward Suzuki Associates Inc:


The petition has been updated information-wise and a Japanese translation added.

Expected demolition of the current building is due in July 2014.

There are now over 600 signatures.


26 Apr 2014 – new larger images of this building added to this page

National Stadium Tokyo – Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

New National Stadium of Japan to be venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

9 Sep 2013 – International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has announced Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jacques Rogge said: “Tokyo prevailed on the excellent quality of a very well-constructed bid.”

The announcement confirms the New National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will host the athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid said: “Our many congratulations to the Tokyo 2020 team, the Japan Sport Council, everyone in Tokyo and all across Japan. The public’s support has been remarkable and we are very proud to be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have put together an excellent team to deliver a magnificent venue on schedule for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympic Games the following year.”

The New National Stadium, near Shinjuku, Tokyo, includes seating for 80,000 spectators and a retractable roof. Adjustable seating sections will move closer to the field of play for football and rugby matches, and enable the stadium to host many other sporting and cultural events. The design incorporates public programs that will engage with the city and give Tokyo a lasting legacy well beyond the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

In November 2012, Zaha Hadid Architects won the international competition run by the Japan Sport Council for the New National Stadium of Japan.

Tadao Ando, chairman of the competition selection panel said: “The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world.” He added: “I believe this stadium will become a shrine for world sport for the next 100 years.”

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

16 Nov 2012

National Stadium Tokyo – winner News

Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo

Architect for the new Kasumigaoka National Stadium

New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Zaha Hadid Architects has won the international competition to build the new National Stadium of Japan. The Practice, which produced the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, was selected ahead of 45 other international architecture firms for the US $1.62bn development.

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The announcement was made in Tokyo by celebrated Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who chaired the judging panel. British architects Richard Rogers and Norman Foster were also judges. Making the announcement Mr Ando praised the fluidity and innovation of Hadid’s design and how it complements Tokyo’s landscape. “The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world,” said Mr Ando at a press conference on Thursday.

“It is an honour for us to be selected to build the new National Stadium of Japan. I would like to thank the Japan Sports Council, the competition jury and the people of Japan who will enjoy this magnificent new venue. I have worked in Japan for 30 years. Our three decades of research into Japanese architecture and urbanism is evident in our winning design and we greatly look forward to building the new National Stadium,” Hadid said.

“The stadium will become an integral element of Tokyo’s urban fabric, directly engaging with the surrounding cityscape to connect and carve the elegant forms of the design. The unique structure is both light and cohesive, defining a silhouette that integrates with the city. The perimeter of the stadium will be an inhabited bridge: a continuous exhibition space that creates an exciting new journey for visitors.”

The competition rules specified the stadium must be able to seat 80,000 people; have a retractable roof, be environmentally efficient and complement the surrounding landscape. It must also be up and ready by 2018 to host the Rugby World Cup the following year. The construction budget is 130 billion yen ($1.62 billion).

New National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

20 Dec 2013

New Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

New National Stadium of Japan

Statement released by Edward Suzuki Associates Inc:

“This is a request to please sign the petition to oppose construction of the planned New Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The planned facility is too large, too overwhelming, too expensive initially as well as running-wise (the Stadium is to hold 80,000 spectators, but there are hardly any venues for such a capacity after the Olympics), would fell many trees that adorn the present park, and spoil the nice human scale as well as the pleasant cityscape that exist now.”

Edward Suzuki, architect

30 Oct 2012

National Stadium Tokyo – Shortlist News

Kasumigaoka National Stadium Tokyo

Design Shortlist for the new Kasumigaoka National Stadium

11 entries from 7 countries

Tokyo – Tokyo 2020, Japan’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, today welcomed the announcement of the first round of selections for a Design Contest for the remodelling of the Kasumigaoka National Stadium. The Japan Sport Council, owner of the iconic Kasumigaoka National Stadium, selected a total of 11 out of the 46 entries for the international design competition to update and remodel the venue in preparation for Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic Bid and the IRB 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The full list of entries selected to proceed to the second round:

• Cox Architecture pty Ltd – Alastair Ray Richardson (Australia)
• POPULOUS – Rod Sheard (Great Britain)
• UNStudio/Yamashita Sekkei Inc. – UNStudio VAN BERKEL EN BOS U.N. STUDIO B.V (The Netherlands)
• Zaha Hadid Architects – Zaha Hadid (Great Britain)
• TABANLIOĞLU Architects Consultancy Limited Company – İhsan Murat Tabanlioğlu (Turkey)
• Azusa Sekkei Co.,Ltd. – Fumihiko Sugitani (Japan)
• Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects – Toyo Ito (Japan)
• SANAA + Nikken Sekkei Ltd – Kazuyo Sejima (Japan)
• gmp • International GmbH – Hubert Nienhoff (Germany)
• Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute – Junko Senda (Japan)

Tadao Ando, Jury chair of the design contest and member of the Tokyo 2020 Council, said:
“As it has come time for the National Stadium to be rebuilt after half a century from its creation, we have called for ideas from near and afar with the hope of realizing an architecture of the finest quality that embodies the technology and intellect of our present age. We have since received numerous ambitious proposals in response to our call.

It should establish a dialogue with its physical context, which includes sites such as the Meiji Shrine, and also be equipped with advanced environmental systems that take into consideration the global environment. Additionally, the project must run on a short schedule in order to be ready for hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.”

In the first-round review, the Jury committee considered the proposals from a variety of aspects and selected eleven projects that present visions for overcoming the challenges and carry messages that announce the coming of a new age. It is our hope that an architecture that sets a standard for this new age of the Earth will soon be born.”

The winner will be announced in mid-November 2012 and the award ceremony will take place in late November.

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