Tokyo Wins 2020 Olympic Bid

John Hill
Published on
Sep 16, 2013

Olympic Stadium 
Tokyo International Forum 
Miyagi Stadium 
Olympics Aquatics Center 
On September 7 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, beating out Istanbul and Madrid. One reason the IOC cited for the award is Tokyo's low bid (of roughly $8 billion), less than half what runner up Istanbul would have spent. The huge difference comes about through Tokyo's proposed reuse of its stadiums from the 1964 Olympics as well as other structures in and around the city.

Top left is the competition-winning scheme by Zaha Hadid Architects to renovate the National Olympic Stadium (built in 1958 for the Asian Games and used in the 1964 Olympics). Hadid's design reaches out to connect to the city around it and uses an "innovative and fluid design that expresses a sense of dynamism appropriate for sporting activities." The stadium will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies as well as football, rugby, and other sports.

Pictured below that is the Tokyo International Forum, designed by Rafael Viñoly and completed in 1996. The building's multi-purpose hall and exhibition facilities will be used as the weightlifting venue for the 2020 Games. Next is the Miyagi Stadium, designed by Shoichi Haryu & Hitoshi Abe and completed in 2000 for the World Cup that took place two years later; it will host football matches. Last is one of the new venues, the Aquatics Center, which will host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions. The $400-million, 20,000-seat venue will be trimmed to 5,000 after the Olympics to be used as a swimming center.

For more information on the venues that comprise Tokyo's winning 2020 Olympics bid, check out their illustrated Venue Plan.