New Japan National Stadium

The competition called for the design of the new Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, replacing on the same location the National Olympic Stadium designed for 1964 Olympic Games by Mitsuo Katayama.

The stadium has to be ready for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019 as well as other events such as the Olympic Games of 2020, football games and concerts.

The design concept sees the stadium as an adaptable urban object which changes its functions and space configuration through time. At the start, during the main events, the stadium is an iconic
object with a translucent skin. Its appearance is unique and very recognizable.

After the main events and over time, the stadium could gradually merge into the urban fabric, at first similarly to the city integrated venues of Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Verizon Center in Washington DC. Eventually the stadium could completely disappear, by mutating its functions to become an urban space, another cell in the city development.

I worked as part of the team developing the 3D model for the interior of the stadium and working on all 2D plan drawings. In addition, I designed the park and public space around the stadium.

Developed as part of a small team while working at Zwarts & Jansma Architects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


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