The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, originally scheduled from 24 July to 9 August 2020, have been postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, thus, are taking place from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Tokyo, the host city, was already the seat of the Olympic Games in 1964. Now as then, preparations for the event have led to a number of projects, both for new sports facilities and the renovation of existing ones.
Some of the facilities that will be used during the Games have been designed by leading Japanese architects and offer an interesting insight into the modern and contemporary architecture of the country. In addition to the sports buildings, the Olympic Village, built on the artificial island of Harumi Futo, deserves to be mentioned.
Another interesting initiative linked to the Olympics is the “Pavilion Tokyo 2021” project, promoted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Arts Council and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. Until 5 September, nine pavilions realised by three artists and six architects (including Kazuyo Sejima) will be present in the central areas of the metropolis, near the Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will be held.
- Opening image :
- Kengo Kuma, Tokyo National Stadium. Photo by Arne Müseler