Architects: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
Location: Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Principal Architect: Yuusuke Karasawa
Mechanical Consultant: gh9 co. ltd.
General Contractor: Eiger co. ltd, Noriaki Fujii, Yousuke Ozaki
Area: 87.69 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura, has announced a plan to trim the budget proposed for the Olympic stadium (now expected to cost $3 billion) designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. While he did not reveal the details of the scale-down, he maintained that the “design concept will be kept.”
Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki has rallied together a number of Japanese architects – including Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma – to oppose the massive scale of Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning National Stadium. Planned to be Tokyo’s main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, Hadid’s 290,000 square meter stadium is accused of being “too big and too artificial” for the surrounding context.