Alternative vision for Tokyo Olympic stadium by Tokujin Yoshioka
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has revealed his own vision for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, which he was not permitted to enter into the design competition (+ movie).
Like original competition winner Zaha Hadid, who was also unable to bid for the project again, the Tokyo based designer could not meet the brief criteria without finding a construction partner able to guarantee a budget.
The designer's proposal is for a ring-shaped stadium with a pool of water on the roof. This pool could be repurposed as an iceskating rink, he suggests, while during events it would integrate a ring of fire.
"Visitors can enjoy jogging and strolling at the tranquil water's edge amid the greenery of the outer gardens," he explained. "During the summer, it produces a cooling effect, and in winter it is transformed into an ice skating rink. The water can also be used in the event of a disaster."
"A piece of architecture which transcends form becomes a fountain for athletes, and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics it will be reborn as a huge platform for the Olympic Flame – a symbol of courage and hope to people all over the world," he added.
Now that Kengo Kuma has been selected to take the project forward, Yoshioka hopes his design can be recycled for another location, either in Japan or elsewhere.
"It is my wish that this idea will live on perpetually and be realised somewhere in the world in the future," he said.
Hadid was ousted from the stadium job back in July, despite having worked on the design for over two years. Kuma was revealed to be taking over the project in December, and has denied claims that his design is similar to Hadid's.
Yoshioka has never completed a major building project before, but his previous forays into architecture include a glass tea house and a window made of 500 glass prisms. (via Dezeen)
Tokyo Olympic stadium by Tokujin Yoshioka
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