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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Stadium


The Olympics games are an international sports festival held every four years. The ultimate aim is to build a better and peaceful world by educating youth through sports practiced without any discrimination of any kind. The five values of Olympics preached universally are:

- learning the joy of effort

- learning fair play

- learning respect for others

- learning to pursue excellence

- learning balance in life between body, will, and mind.

Pierre de Coubertin is regarded as the visionary and father of the modern Olympics.

Non-Discrimination, Sustainability, Humanism, Universality, Solidarity, Alliance between sport, education, and culture are considered as the principles of Olympics.

Venues for these Olympic games play a major role and preparations for the same start a lot earlier than the actual time period. In this blog, we shall look closer into the Tokyo Olympics stadium 2020.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 is almost happening one year later than the actual date planned for the same due to the outbreak of pandemic and the concerning risk factors on public health. It is rescheduled for July 23rd hoping for the adverse conditions to settle in by then. Preparations to host the festival and accommodate multi-nationals started a lot earlier. Japan National Stadium was used as the main stadium for the 1964 Olympics which is now rebuilt to host the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 (rescheduled to 2021).

Along with the opening and closing ceremony, football matches and athletics events will be held in this stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo Olympics.

Architect Mitsuo Katayama designed and built the national stadium in 1958, which was demolished in the year 2015. Japanese governement had chose Ar. Kengo Kuma to design the new national stadium in Tokyo, the arena which will form the centerpiece of the city's 2020 Olympic games. This project created controversy in the architectural world as initially the project was quoted to Zaha Hadid Architects, which was withdrawn due to cost concerns.

Ar. Kengo Kuma believed that it was time for the A&D industry to lessen its dependence on concrete and steel which led him to include a lot of wood in the construction. The stadium resembles a larger planter as a lot of vegetation has been included. Kuma's other focus was on cross-ventilation which ideally is expected to help the visitors and athletes during the hot and humid summers of Tokyo.


Most of the components of the stadium were assembled into modules, thereby making it easier to the timber with new wood when it deteriorates with age. Empty spaces are encompassed in the top and third layers for permitting the wind to flush inside to regulate the temperature of the playing area and spectators' stand. The design of the stadium ensured the efficient use of power and effective generation of energy with the fitting of photovoltaic cells, solar panels, and more. Rainwater conservation for irrigation purposes and accessibility in design are few other things to keep note of. Around 450 seats were arranged for the unobstructed view of wheelchair users, toilets were equipped with speakers, special seating facilities, flashlights for alerts, and other major advancements for people with different abilities.


Due to the present conditions, many games for the Olympics were canceled to reduce the risk factors. The forest-themed stadium is preparing itself to host the biggest festival sports with strict protocols and strategies though we are in a state of uncertainty to provide assurance.

“Through architecture, I want to suggest answers to the various problems the world faces.”

- Kengo Kuma


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