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New Olympic Stadium in Tokyo Is Made of Wood

The New National Stadium of Japan is where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place and some competitions such as athletics, football of the Summer Olympics 2020. Nearly 2,000 cubic meters of wood from 47 provinces and cities were used to build this stadium.

Tokyo’s new national stadium was inaugurated in December 2019 after three years of construction, with a total construction cost of about $ 1.4 billion. The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, it will also be used for football matches and other athletics competitions.

Built on the base of the old national stadium, which was once used for the Omlympic Tokyo 1964, the new stadium has 5 floors and 2 underground floors with a lot of greenery around. This is a project designed by architect Kengo Kuma, who is famous for combining natural materials in his works.

Sharing with CNN, architect Kengo Kuma said the stadium was inspired by the architecture of Japanese Edo-era temples and nature. The Olympic Games have always been a symbol of the times, so with the 2020 Olympics, they want to create a work that expresses people’s thoughts about the environment and the earth. So they thought that the best material in this era would be wood.

The outdoor columns of the stadium are inspired by Gojunoto temple at Horyuji temple, the oldest wooden building that has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

On the 5th floor of the building, there is an outdoor walkway named Grove of the Sky with benches, flowers and trees on a height of about 30 m, stretching 850 m around the yard. This area will be open to the public on non-contest days or events. From here, people can zoom in to see the city, even Mount Fuji if the weather is nice.

With a capacity of 68,000 people, the stadium is designed in an oval shape with a roof made of steel and laminated wood that allows air to circulate easily, because the summer in Tokyo is very hot.