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The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The new National Stadium of Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects will be at the heart of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The recent announcement that Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games ensures the new stadium will be at the heart of the event.

In November 2012, Zaha Hadid Architects won an international design competition run by the Japan Sport Council for a futuristic stadium design that would play a key role in Tokyo’s bid to secure the 2020 Olympic games and the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Hadid’s new stadium will replace the current ageing National Stadium, which was built in 1958 and housed the 1964 Olympics.

Initially, it was suggested that the old stadium be renovated, but it is now slated to be completely demolished next year with the new stadium ready by March 2019.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ stadium design was selected from 46 entries winning out over fellow finalists Cruz y Oritz Arquitectos’ renovation of Madrid’s existing La Peineta stadium and the redesign of Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium.



Carlos Flores

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