On the occasion of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, under the joint initiative of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Arts Council Tokyo and the Pavilion Tokyo 2021 Executive Committee, sports and architecture will merge together.
As in every Olympics also in the one that will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, eight temporary pavilions will be built, the artists and architects involved are: Kazuyo Sejima, Yayoi Kusama, Terunobu Fujimori, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Junya Ishigami, Teppei Fujiwara and Makoto Aida. All pavilions will be open to visitors from July 1 to September 5, 2021.
The pavilions, which will be located a short distance from the Japan National Stadium, are intended to showcase the creative power in the fields of art and architecture of Japan, a nation that is always in step with the times and that has given birth to some of the world’s most respected architects, such as Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma.
There is still little certain news about the pavilions, all the architects have not yet made their creations official, even if there are some rumors, such as the one regarding Sou Fujimoto who will most likely propose a new interpretation of his “Cloud Pavilion”, installed a few years ago in London.
Great expectations also for the pavilion signed Yayoi Kusama, the 92-year-old artist protagonist in these days of a major exhibition in Germany, is ready to create one of his unique installations for his country.
Junya Ishigami, on the other hand, is thinking of creating a pavilion where visitors will be immersed in an enormous green space, a way of sharing Japanese culture with the rest of the world.
Waiting for everything to be made official, here are some previews or rather some sketches of the artists who will make possible this summer the meeting between architecture and sport.