Archinect - News 2015-09-02T20:02:45-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133027870/are-uncompetitive-japanese-contractors-to-blame-for-zaha-s-new-national-stadium-budget-blowout Are uncompetitive Japanese contractors to blame for Zaha's New National Stadium budget blowout? Julia Ingalls 2015-07-29T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:06:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/ny6h15ws7ax239j5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> is not going away quietly, but cogently. In a statement forwarded by the Japan Olympic Committee, ZHA details the origins of what would eventually become the budget fracas over the cancelled New <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Stadium</a>, noting that early in the design process&nbsp;"we advised&nbsp;the JSC [<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan Sport Council</a>] that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of&nbsp;rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence&nbsp;of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of&nbsp;construction contractors&nbsp;would not lead to a commercially competitive&nbsp;process."</p><p>Here's the full statement:&nbsp;</p><p>Our teams in Japan and the&nbsp;UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects&nbsp;(ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed&nbsp;to the client&rsquo;s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese&nbsp;people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and,&nbsp;with exact...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132949095/zaha-hadid-my-design-for-the-new-national-stadium-is-not-the-problem Zaha Hadid: My design for the New National Stadium is not the problem Julia Ingalls 2015-07-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/ap5bxwv3i79fzi9c.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a statement issued on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s website, the project-ending cost of the New National Stadium is not the fault of the design, but rather the "inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors, and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors." The stadium, whose controversial design has spawned a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">derisive memes</a>, was shut down after officials announced the cost would be 250 billion yen (approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars). The cost <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shocked</a> design committee chairman <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>, who made a similar statement about the inflated construction costs in Japan.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t34rfhcg1yqo3q1.jpg"></p><p>In her statement, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> goes on to say that the arched roof structure was carefully designed so that it could be built in tandem with the seating bowl, and by Japanese engineering and design team estimates should only cost 23 billion yen. Hadid also notes that due to an increase in&nbsp;the&nbsp;price...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132028782/i-thought-what-when-i-heard-it-would-cost-252-billion-tadao-ando-says-about-national-stadium “I thought, ‘What?’ when I heard it would cost ¥252 billion,” Tadao Ando says about National Stadium Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T23:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9w/9ww7oi2mbx3l121j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>World-famous architect Tadao Ando was astonished to learn that the design he chose for the new National Stadium would cost &yen;252 billion to build, he said at a press conference Thursday, where he spoke for the first time since the swelling cost became an issue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/16/us-olympics-japan-stadium-idUSKCN0PQ0IP20150716" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a>, the massive ballooning in the construction costs of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>'s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">relatively unpopular</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed design</a> for Japan's National Stadium are not the fault of the chairman of&nbsp;the&nbsp;design committee, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>: "Soaring construction and labor costs, along with a rise in Japan's sales tax, are blamed for much of the price surge." Ando also noted that&nbsp;&ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t drop Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s design, otherwise we&rsquo;ll lose credibility internationally.&rdquo; The enormous increase in the cost of&nbsp;the&nbsp;stadium is awkward, as the country is&nbsp;still&nbsp;not fully recovered from the devastation of the March 2011 T&#333;hoku earthquake and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39226767/japan-earthquake-before-and-after" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tsunami</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8omsxx86rwspvc3g.jpg">&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69737795/tokyo-olympic-stadium-entry-by-menomenopiu-architects-fhf-architectes Tokyo Olympic Stadium Entry by MenoMenoPiu Architects & FHF Architectes Alexander Walter 2013-03-19T17:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:21:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmi5evwymmflcxhw.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A little while ago, we reported about Zaha Hadid Architects taking the first prize in the New National Stadium Japan competition and the selection of the 11 finalist projects. Here is now another design proposal for Tokyo's proposed Olympic Stadium which didn't quite make it among the final submissions: "The Twist" by French MenoMenoPiu Architects &amp; FHF Architectes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61746440/designing-the-world-s-greatest-stadium-japan-national-stadium Designing the ‘World’s Greatest Stadium - Japan National Stadium Anna Johnson 2012-11-20T11:11:00-05:00 >2012-11-20T11:12:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bosb7yvdkiczmr.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As cultural and architectural icons, sporting stadiums are extremely important to a city&rsquo;s built of environment. As such, the structures maintain a high profile and promise acclaim to those who design and deliver them well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61446872/zaha-hadid-wins-japan-national-stadium-design-competition Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Design Competition Archinect 2012-11-15T12:02:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T11:30:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wo3hgyp20hvfkqud.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japan&rsquo;s Sport Council on Thursday awarded a contract to design and construct a centerpiece, billion-dollar national stadium that forms a key part of Tokyo&rsquo;s bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games to lauded U.K. firm Zaha Hadid Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60392000/new-national-stadium-japan-competition-unveils-11-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New National Stadium Japan Competition Unveils 11 Finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60392000/new-national-stadium-japan-competition-unveils-11-finalists New National Stadium Japan Competition Unveils 11 Finalists Alexander Walter 2012-10-30T20:18:00-04:00 >2012-11-18T17:34:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x0/x0pcit4g5t7k0qru.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eleven finalists have been announced today in the international design competition for the New National Stadium Japan, including design heavy hitters like Zaha Hadid Architects, SANAA, UNStudio, and Toyo Ito. The finalists, announced by the Japan Sport Council (JSC) and jury chair Tadao Ando, were selected from 46 entries to proceed to the second and final competition round. The final winner will be selected on November 7 and officially announced later that month.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>