Designs have been released for a new National Stadium, which will become the central venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics if Tokyo is chosen as host.
On Nov. 15, the Japan Sport Council announced it had selected from 46 entries a design by Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi architect based in London.
The new stadium will replace the current National Stadium, which served as the main venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and will be dismantled. It will be built around two streamlined arches and have a retractable roof. It will accommodate 80,000 spectators.
"It is a dynamic design. I hope it will demonstrate Japan's greatness," said Tadao Ando, the chairman of the judging panel. Ando won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, an award known as the Nobel Prize for architecture.
Hadid, too, has won the prestigious Pritzker. She was its first woman--and first Muslim--laureate.
Construction costs are estimated to be 130 billion yen ($1.6 billion), and completion is planned for March 2019. Dismantling the current National Stadium will take 15 months and will begin in July 2014.
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