The Japan Sport Council just released design proposals from two groups bidding to construct the new National Stadium in Tokyo, the centerpiece venue of the 2020 Olympic Games, according to ABC News. These two concepts come in the wake of the council's July rejection of Zaha Hadid's plans, which won an international competition for the commission but were scrapped due to forecasted cost overruns.
The creators of these two competing bids, who are still anonymous, have estimated that their designs will cost roughly 153 billion yen ($1.26 billion). Both are more restrained than the original Hadid design. Interestingly, both structures utilize wood as a structural element, and perhaps point to an embrace of the trend towards tall timber construction. A final selection will be made by the end of the year.
Images provided by Japan Sports Council via AP.