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New National Stadium of Japan

Zaha Hadid Architects was selected ahead of 45 other international architecture firms to win the international competition to build the new National Stadium of Japan.

The announcement was made in Tokyo by celebrated Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who chaired the judging panel. Mr Ando praised the fluidity and innovation of Hadid's design and how it complements Tokyo's landscape. "The entry's dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world," said Mr Ando

"It is an honour for us to be selected to build the new National Stadium of Japan. I would like to thank the Japan Sports Council, the competition jury and the people of Japan who will enjoy this magnificent new venue,” said Hadid. "The stadium will become an integral element of Tokyo's urban fabric, directly engaging with the surrounding cityscape. The unique structure is both light and cohesive, defining a silhouette that integrates with the city. “

“I have worked in Japan for 30 years. Our three decades of research into Japanese architecture and urbanism is evident in our winning design and we greatly look forward to building the new National Stadium," she explained.

The competition rules specified the New National stadium must seat 80,000 people; have a retractable roof, be environmentally efficient and complement the surrounding landscape. It must also be ready by 2019 to host the Rugby World Cup the following year. The construction budget is 130 billion yen ($1.62 billion).