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Tokyo Replacing National Stadium with Space Station

Posted: Nov. 28th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid has successfully won a competition fighting for the best design for Tokyo’s National Stadium with his oddly alien design. The massive structure is sleek and has the appearance of architecture straight out of a futuristic sci-fi film or comic. Perhaps Zaha Hadid is only practicing prototype designs for potential spaceships, only the future can tell.

The Sport Council praised Hadid's proposed venue for its "innovative and fluid design that expresses a sense of dynamism appropriate for sporting activities." The judges were also smitten by the roof that slides back for open-air concerts, a towering arch that they said would "challenge" the country's engineers, and environmentally friendly elements like greywater use, geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system. The biggest selling point, though, was a bevy of mega-thrusters located below the turf that will allow the stadium to soar through the exosphere with all 80,000 fans still inside, bound for a brave new world. To space, and beyond!

Here are renderings of the sleek megalith soon landing in Tokyo:

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