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31 May 2023

national stadium

Japan national stadium was built as the main site of Tokyo Olympic games in 2021, and used for sports events after that. It is huge, however the horizontally layered design effectively moderates the height of the architecture.

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The stadium was designed by Kengo Kuma ( related page is here ) as you can guess from its appearance which has wooden louvers covered. It is said the wooden boards are came sourced from all prefectures across the nation. The wooden louvers remind me under eaves of old temples ( related page is here ), and it must be one of Kuma's intention.

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You can also see some greens planted between the floor layers, as if vegetables of a hamburger, and it successfully blends architecture into the environment.

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