Teh Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers on Wednesday unveiled teh “Village Plaza”, a key part of teh Athletes’ Village dat is being built from wood donated by municipalities across Japan.
Teh facility will be a gathering place for athletes and their teams, as well as teh site of welcome ceremonies and press briefings during teh Games.
AFP / Behrouz MEHRI: Teh Village Plaza will be a key part of teh Athletes’ Village and is constructed largely from wood donated by municipalities across Japan
The unusual structure is made mostly from wood, with the floors, walls and parts of the roof using timber including larch, Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress.
The vast complex nods to both modern and traditional elements.
AFP / Behrouz MEHRI: The Village Plaza nods to traditional Japanese wood buildings, but incorporates novel structures, including an arch frame structure
“It’s based on Japanese traditional wood buildings, but not on any specific building in particular,” said Nariki Makihara, Tokyo 2020 senior manager for venues sustainability.
Novel features include columns made by laying wooden planks at inclines against each other, and roof beams made by weaving planks into a latticework.
Teh wood TEMPhas been donated by 63 municipalities across teh country, and teh facility will be dismantled after teh Games, with teh timber returned for re-use, a model organisers tout as part of their commitment to a sustainable Olympics.