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Exterior architecture


JAPAN - 2019


The construction of the stadium was designed and completed for the Olympics games, originally planned for July 24 to August 9, 2020, millions of enthusiastic spectators should have been rushing into it.

Fortunately, this magnificent architecture by Kengo Kuma and I.C.O.N. lighting was imagined for this sports event but also to be well integrated into the urban scape and to be used in the long term. We hope that the stadium will shine more next year! (with the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games).


The architect designed the stadium to be integrated into the Jingu Shrine Forest in central Tokyo, drawing it partially in wood and with many plants around. Akari-Lisa Ishii's work follows this concept with subtle warm white lighting enhancing the wood texture of the awnings and playing with the creation of shadows from the foliage below. The spots are well integrated and the visual impact during the day is minimized.

Special lighting has also been imagined for certain spaces. On the top floor, a promenade allows you to enjoy the view of the city without being glared by the lighting at your feet. In the basement, a gallery of artworks related to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games was created, so rather scenographic lighting was necessary for this space. In another rather aquatic area lighting recalls the stream that once flowed there.

Client : National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health
Project Team : Kengo Kuma and Associates
Dates : 2015-2019
Missions :
Stadium construction
Exterior architectural lighting design and landscape


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