Scrapped Tokyo Olympic stadium architect bidding for new design
TOKYO – Architect ZahaHadid will take another crack at designing Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics stadium, her Japanese business partner said that on Monday, after an initial proposal was scrapped due to its eye-watering $2 billion price tag.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked Olympic organisers in July when he pulled the plug on the Iraqi-British architect’s winning design as soaring costs put it on course to become the world’s most expensive sports stadium.
The futuristic design had also been criticised by some architects who said that it would be an eyesore. Tokyo has launched a new tender and hopes to have a fresh blueprint chosen before the end of this year. Hadid – who earlier rejected government claims that cost overruns were due to her design – said she would go back to the drawing board with partner Japanese design firm Nikken Sekkei.
The two had worked together on the original winning design. “Our team in Japan and the UK have worked closely with Nikken Sekkei to develop a design for the new national stadium for Japan that meets the government’s core principles,” Hadid said in a statement. Japan slashed the cost of the new Olympic stadium by more than 40 per cent, setting a 155 billion yen ($1.28 billion) cap on construction costs, well below the 265 billion yen estimated under the now-ditched design.