Japan Olympics 2020 (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Magnificent 2020 Olympics stadium is work-of art, with Wood latticework, green shrubbery, sunken sports fields and temple-like touches.
The two final designs shortlisted by the Japanese government follow its high-profile abandonment of its commission from Zaha Hadid, the British born architect, following protests surrounding its costs and size.
The new proposals, released to the public by the Japan Sport Council, are more understated in style and also smaller in physical form compared to the originally commissioned design.
Perhaps most significantly, both would cost significantly less than Hadid’s design, with one estimated at £813m (149 billion Yen) and the other at £816m (149.7 billion Yen), compared to the controversial £1.4 billion (265 billion Yen) price tag of the scrapped design.
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