Kyoto Stadium

Capacity21 610
Country Japan
CategoryDesign implemented
Cost¥ 9 bln / mld
Construction01/02/2018 - 28/12/2019
Design Tohata Architects and Engineers / Nikken Sekkei
Contractor Takenaka Corporation


Kyoto Stadium – design description

Previous plan for a new stadium in Kameoka (west of Kyoto) suggested its location at a picturesque site beside the Katsura River. However, to preserve the natural location the building will be erected some 300 meters south-east.

This represents a major challenge because first site covered roughly 13 hectares, while the new one has just 3.2 hectares. Spatial constraints caused the need to entirely redesign the stadium with goal of retaining its capacity of above 20,000. The circular shape was thus dropped and replaced with octagonal, while single-tiered stands went up to two tiers, even though capacity dropped to under 22,000.

The field is now closely surrounded with seating, which will be between 8 and 10 meters away from side- and endlines, respectively. In a rare case in Japan, the front row will be set at field level rather than elevated.

Cut corners and overall height of 27 meters are also directly linked to lack of space around the stadium. When Tahata Architects created the concepts, they use this necessity rto create a diamond-shaped stadium with sharp edges and warying angles. That said, it's still a conservative and very conventional design.

The roof will see its southern part transparent in order to provide proper sunlight to the field, while the remainder will turn into a solar power plant.



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