The Japan Sport Council have moved a step closer to redesigning Japan's new 80,000-seater venue by shortlisting 11 architects.

Work on the Kasumigaoka National Stadium is required to be compeleted in time for the country's staging of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and it will be part of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The competition, which received a total of 46 applicants, restricted entry to practices that had been recipients of the Pritzker Prize, an AIA gold medal, UIA gold medal, Praemium Imperiale or RIBA gold medal. 

Applicants were also required to have experience of designing a stadium with a capacity of 15,000 or more. 

Head of the jury, Japanese architect Tadao Ando said: "The site conditions pose a challenge in requiring an enormous facility for 80,000 people to be composed spatially into a narrow site. 

"The project is expected to not only organise the surrounding traffic, manage the circulation of large bodies of people, and offer an exciting experience for spectators, but also to demonstrate the technology of the highest level to support an operable roof and adjustable seating that will be needed to facilitate a multi-layered programme." 

The full list of entries selected for the second round are:


  • Cox Architecture pty Ltd - Alastair Ray Richardson (Australia),
  • POPULOUS - Rod Sheard (Great Britain),
  • UNStudio/Yamashita Sekkei Inc. - UNStudio VAN BERKEL EN BOS U.N. STUDIO B.V (The Netherlands),
  • Zaha Hadid Architects - Zaha Hadid (Great Britain),
  • TABANLIOGLU Architects Consultancy Limited Company - Ihsan Murat Tabanlioglu (Turkey),
  • Azusa Sekkei Co.,Ltd. - Fumihiko Sugitani (Japan),
  • Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects - Toyo Ito (Japan),
  • SANAA & Nikken Sekkei Ltd - Kazuyo Sejima (Japan),
  • gmp International GmbH - Hubert Nienhoff (Germany),
  • Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute - Junko Senda (Japan).


The successful bidder will be announced at the end of November.


Posted on 01/11/2012