Japanese architects oppose Hadid’s 2020 Olympic stadium

Japanese designer Fumihiko Maki has gathered a group of designers including Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto to rally against Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium to be built in Tokyo, Japan.

1993 Pritzker Prize winner Maki has organised a conference for Japanese architects to come together and protest against the scale of Hadid’s 80,000- seat stadium, planned to become the main sporting venue for 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Maki set up the campaign, he said, due to Hadid’s building being “too big” in relation to its surroundings including Kenzo Tange’s iconic 1964 Olympic stadium.

“I hope that this protest is successful in shrinking the design to fit the context,” he said. “I’m not fighting Zaha. The competition for the stadium was very rigorous and we can’t overturn everything. But the design could be better.”

The symposium, entitled Re-thinking the New National Olympic Stadium in the historical context of Gaien, took place on Friday 11th October.

Hadid won the design for the stadium in November 2o12, overcoming competition including Japanese architects SANAA, Toyo Ito and Azusa Sekkei.

Tadoa Ando, who was part of the judges’ panel, said: “The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world.”

The stadium is planned for completion by 2018.