Finalists announced for Japan’s New National Stadium

Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 – Courtesy of Sport Council

and the Japan Sport Council (JSC) have announced the eleven finalists who will compete in the final round of the international competition for the New National Stadium Japan. With the reconstruction, the National Stadium hopes to attract world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality. The new stadium is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and is slated for competition in 2018.

Tadao Ando describes: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.”

The finalists after the break…

Cox Architecture pty LTD:

Cox Architecture pty LTD Entry No.2 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council


Populous Entry No.9 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

UNStudio / Yamashita Sekkei Inc.:

UNStudio / Yamashita Sekkei Inc. Entry No.12 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Zaha Hadid Architects: 

Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Tabanlioglu Architects Consultancy Limited Company:

Tabanlioglu Architects Consultancy Limited Company Entry No.24 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects & A+Architecture:

Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane / Architects & A+Architecture Entry No.26 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd.:

Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd. Entry No. 32 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects:

Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects Entry No. 33 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

SANAA + Nikken Sekkei Ltd:

SANAA + Nikken Sekkei Ltd. Entry No. 34 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

gmp.International GmbH: 

gmp.International GmbH Entry No.35 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute:

Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute Entry No.37 – Courtesy of Japan Sport Council

A winner is expected to be announced in mid-November.

Jury Chair: Tadao Ando
Jury Members: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Takayuki Kishii, Hiroshi Naito, Makoto Yasuoka, Junji Ogura, Shunichi Tokura, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Ichiro Kono

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Finalists announced for Japan’s New National Stadium" 30 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Jim Stokes

    Zaha’s work is so predictable and boring already.

    • Mikael

      It may be predictable but it’s at least a little more mighty and representative as a national monument than Toyo Ito & Associates’s mundane oval.

      That being said, I can’t shake the feeling that the project should be handed to a japanese firm.

    • Agustín

      Aaaaaaaand it won!

  • Walt

    Amazing, Japan as a nation has the largest debt to GDP by far. For it to consider this build while it under plays the long term health effects of its recent catastrophe is irrational and inhumane. Those lost decades are adding up.

    • Tsukiyo

      I remember in 1958, most player in the football club, Manchester United was killed in air disaster in Munich. The club think it would be impossible to continue and decided that shutting down the club will respect the dead. Then, a person stood up and said “It is not about their memory, it is about showing who we are, showing that we will not be bound by tragedy… because the future will be founded by how we behave today.” Now the club is one of the biggest in the world enjoying 20 years of success now.

      Fighting against their destiny for a greater future, never give up are the traits of Japan. They won’t just keep looking back at the catastrophe, they will move on. This might not be the best way, but they are showing the world that they are doing fine, they are still moving towards the future, they are still one of the strongest nation. At least this is showing me their optimism, they, themselves are optimistic, then why should we pity them?

  • bryan

    Where is Jim Stokes entry?

    • Jim Stokes

      Where is your apostrophe? (ex. Where is Bryan’s entry?)

  • Brad

    I can’t really see much inspiration from the entries. They all look pretty much the same. But what is missing is how it will be viewed from the spectator – not an aeroplane.

    Zaha’s certainly looks predictable, as does SANAA’s.

    Japan is known for its innovation – how about we some hey!

    Good luck with it all.

    • chi

      you can go to the official website, it shows interior shots.

    • F

      The entry requirements dictated aerial perspective and 3x interior shots of the internal field areas.

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  • daniel

    Sanaa’s and Gmp’s entries are spectacular, but my favorite is the design of Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane

  • male

    The non Japanese jury members are British… Why not a German, French? I have a feeling I know who will win..

  • a.e.

    It seems to me that the only entries with a sensible relationship to the ground are gmp. and Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane. As for the others, well….

  • Quoc-Long NGUYEN

    There is no sight of Renzo Piano ?
    What a pity …..

  • MoG

    Highly appreciate a breathing structure by creating such green space in the middle of the city! Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane, offering a perfect blend.


    i hope to see something like “Kenzo Tange’s breaking design in 1960s” happen again in 2020.
    but, these are so disappointed to me. Mr Tange please wake up again to help japanese architecture.

  • nabileo94

    This white piece of metal will need constant cleaning , like every year . imagine how would the Japanese government react to its yearly cleaning bill . ha .