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Japan scraps Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium plans because it's mad expensive

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  • Designed by British architect, Zaha Hadid, the 80000-seat stadium was meant to be the venue for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. Construction was supposed to begin this fall.

  • The original budget was¥130 billion ($1 billion), but the cost increased to¥300 billion ($2.4 billion, which is also more expensive than the past three summer Olympic stadiums combined) which was eventually downsized to ¥252 billion.

  • On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that plans to use Zaha Hadid's design have been scrapped and they will be starting over from scratch. He's confident that the construction of the stadium will be in time for the 2020 Olympics.


  • The project was awarded to Hadid in late 2012 through a competition that included several Japanese architects. Her design was criticized by many leading Japanese architects, who complained that the design was out of scale with its surroundings. One architect compared Hadid's design to "a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away."

  • In 2014, Hadid responded to her critics, stating that "they don’t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium."



Initial design


After design modifications

Twitter had to turn Hadid's design into a meme of course.



































SOURCE: The Verge | Kotaku

special shoutout to ontd's architecture students/architects (if there are any)

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