Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!

  • 07 Sep 2013
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© Zaha Hadid Architects

UPDATE: Minutes ago was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid’s design to become the Olympic stadium.

Today the International Olympic Comitee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2020 Olympics, with Madrid, Tokyo and competing for the important event. The three cities just finished their presentations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including presidents and royal members. As we await for the results, we present you the three stadiums designed to host the Olympics in each city.

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Each one of the cities has presented a new design for their olympic stadium, which are renovations of existing complexes.

Tokyo 2020

Winner of an international design competition, it’s the most “futuristic” of the three proposals. The Tokyo Sports Council has highligthed the Zaha Hadid Architects proposal as an “innovative and liquid design, that expresses the adequate dynamism for sports activities.” The base of the design is a complete overhaul of the Tokyo National Stadium, that hosted the Olympics back in 1964 and has a capacity of 80,000 people. Tokyo faces the risk of the recently announced radioactive leaks of Fukushima, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said “Let me assure you the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

© Zaha Hadid Architects
© Zaha Hadid Architects
© Zaha Hadid Architects

Madrid 2020

The Madrid stadium proposal looks to renovate the old La Peineta stadium. Located on the east of the city, the proposal designed by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos is more sober, and has been designed mainly as a soccer stadium with capacity for 70,000 people. Madrid faces a big economic crisis, but Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy assured that “Madrid has perhaps the most reasonable and responsible financial foundation in recent Olympic history. We can host the Olympics in 2020 with no risk to the Olympic movement.”

© Vía Club Atletico de Madrid
© Vía Club Atletico de Madrid
© Vía Club Atletico de Madrid

Istanbul 2020

The new proposal for Istanbul looks to renovate an existing stadium built in 2002, and it is part of a broader plan that looks to build 693 new sports facilities for the citizens and 25 stadiums. The redesign of the Ataturk Olympic Stadium is a key part of this plan, and was announced as part of the 2016 candidacy of Istanbul. The stadium was used for the final of the 2005 UEFA Champions League. While Istanbul opens the door to host the Olympics in a region that has not hosted any games so far, current conflicts in the region and recent manifestations in the country pose a risk. For this, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed that “We believe that hosting the Olympics in Istanbul will give this signal, this spirit of friendship and sharing and peace. And our country is a place where there is a lot of unity and diversity, and that is the idea that we can share on a broader scale with the Olympics Games being hosted in Turkey.”

© Istanbul 2020

More about each city proposal: Tokyo 2020 / Madrid 2020 / Istanbul 2020

Cite: Basulto, David. "Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!" 07 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=425913>
  • Can

    Why are you showing only 1 photo from istanbul. Others have 3 photo in this news ????????????

    • Psy

      You gotta ask yourself, looking at the Istanbul stadium design. What else is there to show? All angle look the same. At least the Turkish Govnt can save some money on the 3D rendering fee.. LOL

  • M

    Lol why is Istanbul spelled “Istambul” and Tokyo spelled “tokio?”

    • asd

      Because real spelling is ISTANBUL not istambul.

  • Kurono

    It’s rather disappointing to see this motiveless proposals for stadium. Beside Japanese design proposal by Zaha Hadid, which is also slap to Local designers. But I guess it is worth investment to get the games.
    At this point, I don’t see any other candidate but Tokyo to takeover the games. It is the only city able to fulfill the task.

  • aarkay

    LOOKS LIKE ZAHA WON IT FOR JAPAN…THE REST OF THE ENTRIES LOOK QUITE INSIPID COMPARED TO ZAHAS ALIEN SPACESHIP…NOW A COUPLE OF BILLION PEOPLE WILL HEAR OF ZAHA…HOW THE HECK DO WE BUILD WHAT SHE DESIGNS???
    PLS …I WANNA LEARN…TO DESIGN AND EXECUTE THE ZAHA STYLE…

  • Ollie K

    I hope it goes to Tokyo so that we can see that stadium! Amazing design!!!

  • Patrick H

    On the main page it says this article has 6 comments. Where are they?

  • Marshall Lambert

    Zaha’s design is not an original idea. It is simply the Zaha-fication of the existing Soccer World Cup 2010 Stadium in Durban, South Africa (the Moses Mabhida Stadium).

    • Adit

      I see very little resemblance between the two. Only the fact that the african stadium has an arch. If the fact that that one similarity renders the new design from being original, then nothing in this world is remotely original. Come on man, give them a little credit

  • Lucas

    interesting article but unfortunately the stadia design has very little to do with the host city selection

  • Psy

    From the top/bird eye view, it looks like either Zaha’s or an alien vagina..