Will Japan replace Zaha Hadid with its own starchitects on its Tokyo Olympic Stadium? Yesterday, the Japan Sport Council (JSC), an organization overseen by the government, released two shortlisted proposals that it will consider as replacements for the scrapped designs produced by London-based Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA. Although JSC has not yet named the designers behind the two proposals, unconfirmed local media reports state that renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito are involved. It is unclear which architect may have designed which proposal.
In contrast to ZHA's futuristic design, which some likened to a bicycling helmet, the proposed designs now under consideration are more understated. Design "A'' is a steel and wood structure with a flat roof, and stands only 50 meters (164 feet) tall. Meanwhile, the 54.3-meter-tall (178 feet) Design "B'' features outer glass walls and 72 wooden pillars forming its oval shape. Both projects are expected to cost about 153 billion yen ($1.26 billion) and will be completed, apart from landscaping and surrounding site work, by Nov. 30, 2019.
The JSC will announce the winning proposal this month.
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