The Tokyo Olympics are still more or less 5 years away however with all the planning that goes into such a monumental event new stadiums, venues in fact whole sort of mini-cities that crop up, the architecture and design teams and competitions are years in advance. Zaha Hadid won the design for the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo and at the one time it’s gorgeous and also of course fraught with controversy and criticism. Its fiercest is Arata Isozaki who has stated publicly that the project will be a monumental mistake and a “disgrace to future generations”.
Hadid’s design is evocative of an organic curvilinear turtle ready to blast off in to space, it’s fun, it’s gorgeous, its exciting, but yes it might be a little out of place. Here’s the big deal, it’s located in the historic outer gardens district of the Meiji Shrine, so the argument goes it’s not necessarily blending in very well and complimenting the space that many see as a traditional, very Japanese setting.
On the one hand architecture is supposed to inspire and elevate, but on the other hand it should hopefully blend with its surroundings and communicate something. While we love the design, in truth we might have to agree that this would be a design better suited elsewhere perhaps.