Hadid Takes the Prizes!

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.

Zaha Hadid Photo by Simone-Cecchetti

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.

rendering of stadium

“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.”

rendering of stadium interior

rendering of stadium interior

rendering of stadium interior

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?


Finalists Announced for National Stadium Japan

National Stadium Beijing, Herzog & de Meuron, photo by combinatorial

Remember the  spectacular “Bird’s Nest” from the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.   Well hold to your seats because Japan has announced the 11semifinalist for the new National Stadium in Japan, which will replace the existing stadium designed for the 1964 Summer Olympics.  Here are the entries in no particular order.

Cox Architecture pty Ltd, Alastair Ray Richardson, photo Japan Sports Council

Populous, Rod Sheard, photo Japan Sports Council

UNStuio/Yamashita Sekkei, photo Japan Sports Council

Zaha Hadid Architects, Zaha Hadid, photo Japan Sports Council

Tabanlioglu Architects Consultancy Limited Company, Ihsan Murat Tabanlioglu photo Japan Sports Council

Ihsan Murat Tabanlioglu, Tane / Architects & A+Architecture, photo Japan Sports Council

Azusa Sekkei Co. Ltd, photo Japan Sports Council

Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, photo Japan Sports Council

Sanaa + Nikken Sekkei Ltd, photo Japan Sports Council

gmp International Gmbh, Hubert Nienhoff, photo Japan Sports Council

Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute, photo Japan Sports Council

  One entry will be selected for first, second, and third prizes.  The award ceremony will be held later this month.  I will keep you posted. I’ve already chosen my favorite.  Which one is your favorite?