Japanese Lumber Relay: 'A Village Plaza Built by All' at the Athletes' Village

Project overview

This project seeks to realise nationwide participation in the Games by constructing a building using lumber from around the country. Use of wood from different regions throughout the building will express diversity and harmony. In addition to revitalising the timber industry and contributing to the conservation of sustainable forests, use of Japanese lumber reflects the goal of reducing environmental impacts and realising sustainability by leaving a legacy that attests to the participation of all regions of the country in the Games.

Project sequence

  1. We will borrow lumber from local governments that are participating in the project.
  2. The Organising Committee will use that lumber to construct the Village Plaza at the Athletes' Village. The Village Plaza will be dismantled after the Games, and the lumber will be returned to the local governments that supplied it.
  3. After the Games, local governments will use lumber from the dismantled Village Plaza as a legacy in public facilities and elsewhere.
Japanese Lumber Relay: 'A Village Plaza Built by All' at the Athletes' Village

Call for lumber providers

In an effort to build excitement around the idea of nationwide participation in the Games and to realise a sustainable, environmentally responsible Games, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee launched “Japanese Lumber Relay: A Village Plaza Built by All at the Athletes' Village,” a project that will use Japanese lumber to build the Village Plaza at the Athletes' Village and then reuse lumber from the Games as a legacy in communities nationwide, and called on local governments to provide lumber for the project.

The Organising Committee adopted a forward-looking approach in studying the Japanese Lumber Relay project thanks to proposals from numerous local governments concerning use of local lumber at the Olympics and Paralympics.

Under the project, lumber borrowed free of charge from local governments across Japan will be used to construct the Village Plaza. Then after the Games, lumber from the dismantled Village Plaza will be used as a legacy in local governments’ public facilities and elsewhere.

In addition expressing diversity and harmony through the use of lumber from various regions of the country in a variety of locations in the building, the project reflects our goals of reducing environmental impacts and realising sustainability.

Results of the call for lumber

A total of 63 local governments from Hokkaido to Kyushu were identified as project supporters.
The Organising Committee would like to thank them for their support.

About the Village Plaza at the Tokyo 2020 Games Athletes' Village

 Artist’s conception of the interior of the Athletes' Village Plaza
(The above illustration depicts the working design. The final design is subject to change in the future.)

The Village Plaza at the Athletes' Village will come to represent the Athletes' Village as many people see it via the media. As the venue for ceremonies welcoming teams and the site of other facilities including shops such as a florist and convenience store, a cafe, and a media centre, the Village Plaza will play a key role in athletes’ lives during the Games. It will also be open to accredited Olympic and Paralympic Family members, media representatives, and residents’ guests. 

During the Games, it will be located on the east side of the Athletes' Village, and it has been designed as a temporary wooden structure to facilitate reuse after the Games.

Schedule under which lumber providers were chosen

  • Tuesday 25 July 2017: Announcement of provider requirements
  • Friday 4 August to Thursday 10 August 2017: Question period
  • Monday 11 September to Friday 15 September 2017: Application submission period
  • Wednesday 20 September 2017: Unofficial selection of participating local governments
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017: Official selection of participating local governments
  • Friday 24 November 2017: Event to announce participating local governments

Contact for inquiries

6th floor, Harumi Island Triton Square Office Tower Z
1-8-12 Harumi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Sustainable Purchasing and Future Use Section, Engineering Management Department, Venues Bureau
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Phone: 03-6631-1984 (operator)