Tokyo’s $1.4 billion stadium that will be used to host the 2020 Olympic games has finally been completed. Doctors raised concerns about he serious medical repercussions that athletes would face during the games as Tokyo’s summer can easy reach temperature of 40 degrees Celsius.
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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the stadium to include a layer on the roof that would allow the inflow of wind to help cool down the stadium. 185 large fans have also been placed around the stadium along with cooling mist emitters.
The stadium was designed to compliment Japanese tradition with a focus on nature. In order to achieve this, 200 cubic meters f ceder wood were used during construction .
The idea of the layered roof was inspired by the 1,300 year old pagoda at Horyuji temple in western Nara which is the oldest wooden building in the world standing at 5 storeys high.
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During a press conference ushering the building to the world, Japan’s Sport Council went on to say:
“Today, we were able to welcome the completion of the new national stadium,”
The new stadium will be able to accommodate 60 000 spectators. The stadium has been constructed right in the center on Tokyo where the 1964 stadium was situated.