Zaha Hadid Won! The Japan Sports council announced yesterday Hadid as the winner of the competition to replace the existing national stadium built for the 1964 Summer Olympics. Japan’s New National stadium is scheduled to open in 2018 and it’s first gig will be the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the 80,000-seater stadium will also play a key role in Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Hadid is no stranger to such large notable design projects, she designed the Eli and Edy Broad Art Museum at MSU, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London and the Nordekettenbahn, in Austria, to name a few. She is one of the most sought after architects in the world, and thought to be one of the most powerful women in the world.
Born in Baghdad on October 31, 1950, Zaha Hadid graduated in mathematics at the American University of Beirut. After that she moved to London and began her course at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.
“I have worked in Japan for 30 years. Our three decades of research into Japanese architecture and urbanism is evident in our winning design and we greatly look forward to building the new National Stadium,” said Ms. Hadid in a statement released Thursday. “The design is both light and cohesive, seamlessly connecting the stadium’s different elements to create a silhouette that integrates with the city.”
It’s always exciting when another huge exciting architectural project takes form anywhere around the globe, and the Olympics seem to be the catalysis for such projects. What do you think? How does it stack up against your favorite modern structure?