Zaha Hadid abandons new 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium bid

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The troubled history of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium project
Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Olympic stadium slammed as a 'monumental mistake'
‘Like a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away’: Zaha Hadid’s revised design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium. Image: ZHA

The British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has abandoned her attempt to re-enter the race to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, two months after her initial design was scrapped amid soaring construction costs.

Hadid’s office said it had been unable to find a construction company to work with – a condition of a new competition to find an alternative design for the Games’ architectural centrepiece.

“It is disappointing that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new national stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition,” a spokesman for Zaha Hadid Architects in London said in a statement on Friday. []

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