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First glimpse of the shortlist for the new stadium designs after Zaha Hadid’s plan was controversially dropped in the summer
Wood latticework, green shrubbery, sunken sports fields and temple-like touches can be seen in the two final design proposals for Tokyo’s controversial new Olympic Stadium.
The two final designs shortlisted by the Japanese government follow its high-profile abandonment of its commission from Zaha Hadid, the British born architect, following protests surrounding its costs and size.
The new proposals, released to the public by the Japan Sport Council, are more understated in style and also smaller in physical form compared to the originally commissioned design.
Perhaps most significantly, both would cost significantly less than Hadid’s design, with one estimated at £813m (149 billion Yen) and the other at £816m (149.7 billion Yen), compared to the controversial £1.4 billion (265 billion Yen) price tag of the scrapped design.
The key features that are most likely to have reduced costs in the new proposals include lower construction heights and the expansive use of natural woods, in contrast to the futuristic and costly keel arches designed for roof support in Hadid’s design. […]