Zaha Hadid’s project for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo has been scrapped by the japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who announced that the design of the stadium will be started again from scratch.
“Our teams in Japan and the UK have been working hard with the Japan Sports Council to design a new National Stadium that would be ready to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Tokyo 2020 Games and meet the need for a new home for Japanese sport for the next 50 to 100 years” it was confirmed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
High profile japanese architects such us Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Fumihiko Maki criticized this project and launched a petititon for it to be scrapped due to its scale.
The design for the stadium was revised in July 2014 following budget changes and ongoing criticism.
“We have used our experience on major sports and cultural projects, including the hugely successful London 2012 Games and legacy, to design a stadium that can be built cost-effectively and still deliver the flexible and robust National Stadium that the Japan Sports Council requires,” said the firm’s statement.