TOKYO: Japan confirmed Friday they are in talks with the architect of the rejected 2020 Olympic stadium design, after her firm reportedly refused to hand over the copyright in return for payment.
Tokyo last month chose a new, slimmed down plan for the centrepiece stadium after an earlier version designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid set off a row over its eye-watering $2 billion price tag that would have made it the world’s most expensive sports venue.
But Hadid immediately lashed out at the new stadium, claiming “remarkable similarities” between her original design and the new one by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
“We are in talks with Zaha Hadid Architects over rewards for business generated until the termination of the contract,” Noriko Tada, spokeswoman for the Japan Sport Council (JSC), which is overseeing the project, told AFP.
She declined to comment on details of the discussions, citing confidentiality.