Hadid withdraws Tokyo Olympic stadium design


Zaha Hadid has finally pulled out of the race to get a contract for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Hadid’s $2 billion design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo was originally scrapped,  but then resubmitted. However the architect has now announced her firm will no longer participate in the competition.

“It is disappointing,” Zaha Hadid Architects wrote, “that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new National Stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition.”

Earlier this month, Hadid’s firm partnered with Japanese architecture and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to develop a new design for the national stadium.

But finding a contractor willing to sign on proved to be the plan’s undoing.

“Nikken Sekkei and Zaha Hadid Architects have not been able to secure a construction company in its consortium and therefore announce that they are unable to enter the competition,” the companies said in the statement announcing their official withdrawal from the design competition.