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Princeton University School of Architecture
Professor: Jesse Reiser & Michael Overby
This speculative park for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo proposes a highly compact venue, which accommodates fourteen Olympic disciplines, including badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, slalom canoe, sprint canoe, gymnastics, marathon, road cycling, soccer, archery, swimming, athletics, triathlon and track cycling. All these disciplines are nested together on the Olympic site, which currently accommodates Kengo Kuma’s Olympic Stadium. While certain venues overlap, such as the Olympic swimming pool and the canoe sprint course, others tie independent fields together, such as the marathon and triathlon track. These combinations take the schedule of the games into account and allow multiple venues to be used for different disciplines at varying times. This theoretical consolidation acts as a tentative antidote to the post-Olympic hangover, commonly followed by this quadrennial event, by reducing its infrastructure.
Despite the arbitrary placement of the individual venues over the site, their individual figures are rigorously prescribed by the geometries of their specific sport activity and respective spectatorship needs. From those individual outlines, their grandstands bleed out and either intersect with their neighbors or with the perimeter of the site. The central location of the athletics track induces an optimized viewing mountainscape, where one could oversee multiple games. Besides the upper spectator landscape, the park contains a secondary and lower layer, which directly connects to the urban fabrics of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Minato of Tokyo. This lower surface doesn’t only anchor the double layered landscape with its surrounding, but also manifests the interstitial spaces between the individual venues. Multiple structural logics, engendered by the individual facilities, meet in those zones and create a unique field of intersecting structural grids.