Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

The architecture firm's original stadium concept was scrapped two weeks ago.

July 31, 2015 |
Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid

Japan’s Olympic Stadium project, a venue designed by Zaha Hadid Architects that was to be built and ready for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, was scrapped two weeks ago due rising costs, among several other concerns. A new construction plan has been set in motion.

Earlier this week, Zaha Hadid responded to the ordeal and offered its side of the situation.

“ZHA worked proactively to reduce the estimated cost throughout,” the firm said in a statement. “Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market and without sufficient competition would lead to an overly high estimate of the cost of construction.”

Read the full letter at: www.zaha-hadid.com/2015/07/28/new-national-stadium-tokyo-japan-statement-by-zaha-hadid-architects.

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