In the latest round of public outcry over Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium, architect Arata Isozaki has stepped into the ring, joining a coterie of illustrious architects opposed to the project’s development.
Though he favored the initial helmet-shaped scheme that landed the London architect Zaha Hadid the commission, the revised design has Isozaki deeply concerned. He convened last week with Hadid associate Satoshi Ohashi at a public forum in Tokyo intended to give both parties the chance to speak their mind. The impetus for the event was the release of a statement written by Isozaki that harshly criticizes the stadium’s latest iteration. But in his document Isozaki also proposes a new approach to the stadium’s design that might enable the Japan Sport Council to have its cake and eat it too.