Japan gets peek at new proposed Olympic stadium designs

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2015 04:09 PM
Japan gets peek at new proposed Olympic stadium designs
Skyscrapers soar above the roof of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium as the rubble of Japan's National Stadium demolished for the renovation for the 2020 Olympic games is collected at one corner of the vacant site shown to the media for the first time after the completion of the demolition work in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scrapped the original plan for a new stadium to replace one used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in July, saying it was too costly. The design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid raised protests from many in Tokyo who objected to its massive size, cost and ultra-modern shape. The selection of a new stadium design is due by the end of this year. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

ELAINE KURTENBACH
Associated Press

  
TOKYO (AP) — Two groups competing for the lucrative contract to build the new Tokyo Olympic stadium have disclosed their design proposals.

The Japan Sports Council released the designs on Monday and said the winner will be chosen this month. It did not identify which companies have proposed which designs.

The two designs are more understated than the original plan by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, which was scrapped due to controversy over its cost and scale.

"We will work to ensure a stadium that will be loved by all," Kazumi Daito, president of the Sports Council, said in announcing the plans, which he said would put "Athletes First" and also emphasize accessibility for the handicapped, elderly and children.

Work on the 158 billion yen ($1.3 billion) stadium intended to accommodate up to 80,000 people was delayed by the difficulties over its design, which proved a major embarrassment for local Olympics organizers.

Design "A'' has a relatively flat root and fits in with surrounding greenery, with shrubbery along its outer concourses. The combined steel and wood structure seems to echo traditional temple designs, and stands only 50 meters (164 feet) tall, with a center sports ground sunk below the surface.

Its construction cost is listed at a total of 153 billion yen ($1.26 billion).

The 54.3-meter-tall (178 feet) Design "B'' is more ethereal, with outer glass walls that blend with the sky and are meant to reflect the traditional Asian concepts of the Five Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It would cost 153.7 billion yen ($1.26 billion).

Both plans call for construction to be done, apart from landscaping and surrounding work, by Nov. 30, 2019.

The stadium will replace the razed National Stadium, which was built in the late 1950s and hosted the 1964 Olympics.

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