Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the Japan Sport Council (JSC) has launched the an international design competition for the new National Stadium of Japan. The stadium will become the new symbol of Japan and feature world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality.
The new venue is slated for competition in 2018 and is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It will also be offered to host the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other significant cultural and artistic events. And, if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue.
Continue reading for more details and a video message from Tadao Ando.
President of JSC, Ichiro Kono describes the council’s intentions: “As an all-new stadium, we want to create it in an all-new way, with full public participation, and we pledge to make the entire process – from design to completion – fully open and transparent. What Japan needs now is the power of dreams.”
Registration is open until 5:00pm on September 10, 2012. The winning proposal will receive 20 million yen (approximately US5K). Find more information on the official competition website.
Jury Chair: Tadao Ando Jury Members: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Takayuki Kishii, Hiroshi Naito, Makoto Yasuoka, Junji Ogura, Shunichi Tokura, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Ichiro Kono
Tadao Ando: “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.”