Tokyo recently won the privilege (or burden?) of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics for the first time since 1964. Even though the games are seven years away, an event of that size requires a lot of time to coordinate. The city has recently confirmed a location for the opening ceremonies and many of the competitions. Zaha Hadid Architects is in charge of building the New National Stadium of Japan which will host the 2020 Summer Olympics as well as the 2019 Rugby World. The current National Stadium, built in 1958, housed the 1964 Olympics and is the stadium used for Japan national football team matches.

Zaha Hadid and her firm won the competition for the contract in 2012 and got busy refining their design for this impressive stadium, made to accommodate 80,000 spectators (like the 2012 London Olympics) and to be adaptable so that different event types can be held there with slight changes in seating configuration. The architecture of the stadium is similar to others that we've seen from Hadid, with large flowing metal exteriors and very few sharp edges. Check out the renderings above and the video below to see where two major events in Japan's future will be held:

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[via DesignBoom]