Kengo Kuma's Japan National Stadium is “definitely not iconic” | One Minute Architecture | Dezeen

Architecture video blogger Martin van der Linden visits Kengo Kuma’s new Olympic stadium in Tokyo in his latest contribution to Virtual Design Festival.

“Here behind me is the new Olympic Stadium designed by Kengo Kuma,” says Van der Linden. “The project was rather controversial, as the international competition was initially won by Zaha Hadid.”

Officially called Japan National Stadium, the building was completed earlier this year in time for this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However, the games have since been postponed until next year due to coronavirus.

The project was mired in controversy in its early days, with Zaha Hadid winning a competition to design the stadium in 2012. However, three years later, the project was scrapped amid opposition from leading Japanese architects and concerns over costs.

“Due to budget constraints, some changes to the design were requested by the Japanese government,” says Van der Linden, who made the short video for his One Minute Architecture channel on YouTube.

“Even after the changes, the redesign by Hadid was still estimated at ¥300 billion – three times the cost of the London Olympic Stadium.”

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