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Tokyo breaks ground on Olympic Stadium by Kengo Kuma

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The sporty looking bunch pictured above, including prime minister Shinzo Abe on the left, officially broke ground on the new(est) plans for the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

The new stadium, I have to say, is a world and a bit nicer than the Zaha Hadid design.

Architect Kengo Kuma's wooden lattice design, inspired by Japanese shrines and pagodas, is intended to blend in better with parkland around the stadium. Like it or not, it'll certainly do a better job of blending in than the previous design.

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On top of that, the stadium will use Japanese-grown larch, a steel composite roof and prefabricated panels to help keep costs down and speed up the construction. And that's not all - the whole thing is designed to keep heating and cooling costs down.

So you'd think Cabinet Office Vice Minister Toshiei Mizuochi, pictured second from right next to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, could manage a bit more than a grimace.