Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects


Tokyo beat out bids from Madrid and Istanbul to win the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. That Games will give the world a close look at a building design by Zaha Hadid Architects: the National Stadium of Japan. The $1.62 billion stadium opens in 2018.

Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects


Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects


Back when Zaha Hadid Architects was announced as the winning designer, Aaron Betsky wrote about several of the other contenders—a strong field with few also-rans. See some of the other possibilities below. And see Betsky's post for more details and images on how the 2020 Olympic Games will re-shape Japan's electric city.

The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Dorell Ghotmeh Tane with A+.

The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Dorell Ghotmeh Tane with A+.

Credit: Dorell Ghotmeh Tane/A+


The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Populous.

The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Populous.

Credit: Ron Sheard/Populous


The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Toyo Ito.

The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Toyo Ito.

Credit: Toyo Ito


More of today's news:

Illinois lawmakers are increasingly irked over glitzy renovations to the state's Capitol. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Mark Lamster calls the Museum Tower in Dallas a "classic mean girl: privileged, superficial, manipulative, and more than a little condescending." Tell us how you really feel, Mark! [The Dallas Morning News]

An exhibit on the Glass House opens at the Coral Gables Museum. [The Examiner]

An architecture sophomore at the University of Buffalo is the first from his school to be selected to study at the Fulbright Summer Institute. [The Spectrum]

Palm Beach, Fla., architect Ames Bennett dies at 92. [Palm Beach Daily News]

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The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Ito Kaohsiuing.

The proposal for the new National Stadium of Japan by Ito Kaohsiuing.

Credit: Ito Kaohsiuing