The team at London-based Zaha Hadid Architects is no stranger to Olympic architecture or earning a few medals of their own. The award-winning firm’s London Aquatics Centre played a central role in the capital’s games. Following a successful bid for Tokyo’s 2020 stadium, the group was forced to rethink their original concept following budget cuts and protests from local leading architects including Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma. Thought by many to overwhelm the surrounding area, the modified design presents a scaling back with emphasis on longterm usability and adaptability while maintaining an innovative design.
Redesign: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium