Preview of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium

Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects.




The 130 billion yen ($1.3 billion), 80,000-seat stadium, with an arching retractable roof, would be built on the site of the smaller 54,000-seat main stadium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It would dwarf one of Maki's nearby creations: the 1990 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.


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This file artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the Olympics, saying its too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. "The problems I see with the planned stadium all relate to the issue of scale," Maki said in a statement this week. (AP Photo/Japan Sport Council, File)

This artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. The main stadium, which will have a retractable roof, is expected to be finished in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (AP Photo/Japan Sport Council)

This file artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the Olympics, saying its too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. "The problems I see with the planned stadium all relate to the issue of scale," Maki said in a statement this week. (AP Photo/Japan Sport Council, File)

his artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. The main stadium, which will have a retractable roof, is expected to be finished in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (AP Photo/Japan Sport Council)

This file artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows fireworks explode above the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the Olympics, saying its too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. "The problems I see with the planned stadium all relate to the issue of scale," Maki said in a statement this week.(AP Photo/Japan Sport Council, File)

This photo shows the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo. The venues planned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo both look to the future and incorporate the past. A futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

­This photo shows the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo. The venues planned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo both look to the future and incorporate the past. A futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

This photo shows the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo. The venues planned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo both look to the future and incorporate the past. A futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

­This photo shows the National Stadium, the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo. The venues planned for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo both look to the future and incorporate the past. A futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

In this photo, the main stadium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, center, and the 1990 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, bottom left with a white roof, are seen side by side among other buildings in Tokyo. A prominent Japanese architect is campaigning to reduce the size of the spaceship-like main stadium approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying its too expensive and would clash with its surroundings. Fumihiko Maki, who has designed some spectacular buildings of his own including the Tokyo gym, says he's not criticizing the design of the stadium by award-winning British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, just the size. His office says he has the support of 100 other well-known people in Japan, including architects. "The problems I see with the planned stadium all relate to the issue of scale," Maki said in a statement this week. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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