The redesigned stadium features a retractable roof, exceptional pedestrian access via elevated walkways and will have a seating capacity of 80,000. Additional requirements for the design of the stadium included that it fit with the existing surroundings of the area, and adhere to strict "environmental efficiency" constraints.
Judges commented that the design by Zaha Hadid compliments Tokyo's crowded cityscape with its sleek fluidity.
Born in Iraq, Hadid has previously designed the Aquatics Centre in London, used for the 2012 Olympics, and became the first female architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.
Construction on the new national stadium is scheduled to begin in late 2015, shortly after the old stadium is torn down.
We love the look of the new stadium but only wish the proposed Olympic Velodrome had such a fitting design. What do you think of the new stadium design?
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