Zaha Hadid says Tokyo stadium criticism is "embarrassing" for Japanese architects

Whether it’s Sejima, Toyo Ito, or Maki or Isozaki or Kengo Kuma.”
Zaha Hadid’s modified Tokyo Olympic stadium designA number of Japanese architects were among the   11 finalists in the competition to design the stadium, including Toyo Ito,   SANAA   with   Nikken Sekkei,   Azusa Sekkei, and   Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute. The architect dismissed comparisons of the design to a vagina as “ridiculous”, and filed a lawsuit against the writer of a book review that claimed Hadid showed a lack of concern for worker conditions on the project. Hadid has also designed a stadium for the controversial Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. News: Zaha Hadid has hit back at the Japanese architects criticising her Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium design, describing them as   “hypocrites”. So…”
Hadid’s original Japan National Stadium designThe stadium is set to become the main venue for Tokyo’s successful 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games bid, and is due for completion in 2019,   when it is scheduled to host games during the Rugby World Cup. Zaha Hadid Architects confirmed that   the design had been revised following budget changes and the ongoing criticism   – including a 500-person street protest – in July. “They don’t want a foreigner to build in Tokyo for a national stadium,” said Hadid, who   also designed the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 games in London. I’ve known him for a long time.”
“It saddens me,” said Hadid. “The fact that they lost is their problem, they lost the competition,” said Hadid. But they’re hypocrites.”

Related story: Japanese architects rally against Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic StadiumLondon-based architect Hadid was selected to design the 80,000-seat Japan National Stadium in 2012, following a restricted-entry international competition judged   by a panel that included Japanese architect Tadao Ando. They’re going ahead with it irrespective. “What can I do? “I understand it’s their town.

Updated: 08.12.2014 — 18:16