The old and new designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

 23 Dec 2015 - 0:00

The old and new designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium
This combination of artist renderings provided by the Japan Sports Council shows the original design by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, bottom, of the new stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics selected on Nov. 16, 2012 but was later scrapped due to controversy over its cost and scale, and the newly selected plan, top, announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.


TOKYO: Japan has replaced a futuristic design for its 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium with a cheaper and more understated one.

Gone is the massive oblong dome designed by architect Zaha Hadid, dismissed by the government last July as public opposition rose to its high cost and visual impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.

The government chose instead Tuesday a more conventional-looking oval design with some unusual flourishes, conceived by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

A look at the old and new designs:


New: 153 billion yen ($1.23 billion)

Old: 252 billion yen ($2.08 billion)

— Cost of new plan includes 149 billion yen for construction and 4 billion yen for design and maintenance


New: 68,000 seats, expandable after the Olympics to 80,000

Old: 80,000 seats for the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup in 2019


New: 49.2 meters (161 feet)

Old: 70 meters (230 feet)


New: 72,400 square meters

Old: 78,100 square meters


New: 36 months (from Dec. 2016 to Nov. 2019)

Old: 45 months (from Sept. 2015 to May 2019)


New: "Giant tree of life" that connects with greenery of nearby Meiji Shrine

Old: Futuristic stadium with world-class hospitality


New: A wood and iron roof inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, and greenery in its outer-facing walls

Old: A pair of giant arches supporting a high-tech roof, likened by some to a bicycle helmet or oyster shell