Olympic Arena

City: Tokyo, Japan

Year of Games: 1964

Architect: Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange's Olympic Stadium in Tokyo is regarded as one of the pinnacles of modern Japanese architectural design. The building consists of two semi-circles slightly offset from each other, allowing the ends of the building to finish in tapered points. The facade swoops and dives aerodynamically in a fashion which accommodates the ambient weather potential of hurricane-force winds.