What Might Have Been: Plans For 'Ring Of Fire' Tokyo Olympic Stadium Revealed


A Tokyo designer has unveiled an alternative vision for the controversial Tokyo Olympic Stadium which includes a roof top pool that can be converted into a 'ring of fire'.

Tokujin Yoshioka revealed his designs this week for the stadium which he was not permitted to enter into the official design competition. Yoshioka could not find a construction partner for the project and therefore did not meet the criteria for the contest.

Tokujin Yoshioka's alternative vision for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.[/caption]The alternative vision proposed by Yoshioka features a striking ring-shaped pool on the roof of the stadium. The pool can be transformed into an iceskating rink or a cauldron of fire for events. Yoshioka said the pool could be "reborn as a huge platform for the Olympic Flame, a symbol of courage and hope to people all over the world.""Visitors can enjoy strolling and jogging at the tranquil water’s edge amid the greenery of the Outer Gardens. During the summer, the water produces a cooling effect, and it can also be used in the event of a disaster," he said in a statement on his website.

Yoshioka's alternative vision features a 'ring of fire'.[/caption]Yoshioka added:  "The architectural plan for the New National Stadium is based on a design that is at one with nature, by fusing with the beauty of the four seasons. The mysterious, lean, minimalistic design draws from the spirit of “Japanese tea rooms” that epitomises finely-honed Japanese beauty."The unveiling of Yoshioka's proposed stadium follows a series of incidents that have propelled the Tokyo Olympic Stadium into infamy.

The original stadium design by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was scrapped for being too costly (over 252 billion yen) and was replaced with a wood and steel design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma at a cost of 153 billion yen. Hadid claimed the replacement design bore "remarkable similarities" to her own design, which Kuma denied. She also accused authorities of not wanting a "foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium".

The original Tokyo Olympic Stadium design by Zaha Hadid, which was later scrapped for being too expensive.[/caption] Kengo Kuma's new design for the Tokyo Olympic Games[/caption] 

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