“Hamburger” design chosen for Tokyo Olympic stadium

A design by architect Kengo Kuma has been chosen for the new National Stadium of Japan that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The winning proposal, formerly known as design A, was submitted as a joint venture from the architect, construction firm Taisei Corp. and construction support firm Azusa Sekkei Co.

It features a roof made of wood and steel for a design that draws on traditional Japanese architecture – but has already been dubbed the “hamburger” on social media in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scrapped Zaha Hadid’s original chosen design in July after concerns over cost.

Then came after five months of reviewing and rearranging the construction project after consulting athletes, professionals and other stakeholders.

“To be honest, I feel a bit relieved now,” Olympic minister Toshiaki Endo said.

“At the same time, I expect the winning companies to build a new National Stadium that can win trust from the world and people in Japan by taking full advantage of Japanese technologies and finishing the construction on time.”

All construction is scheduled to finish by November 2019 so that the stadium will be ready for the Olympics opening ceremony in July 2020.

The judges said the simplistic design of the winning proposal, which will have trees and shrubbery both inside the building and around it, is a good match in a landscape that for decades has been known for leisure facilities.