Zaha Hadid Architects has won the international competition to build the new 80,000-seater National Stadium of Japan in Tokyo.
The practice, which designed Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, was selected ahead of 45 other international architecture firms for the US$1.62bn development.
Competing firms included Cox Architecture, UNStudio, gmp, SANAA + Nikken Sekkai and Tabanlioglu.
The announcement was made in Tokyo by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who chaired the judging panel, which also included British architects Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.
Making the announcement, 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 Ando at a press conference.
Hadid remarked: “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.”
The stadium will contain an ‘inhabited bridge’ and a retractable roof.
Completion is scheduled for 2018 in order to host the Rugby World Cup the following year.