As the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is finally around the corner after postponed for a year, the organisers revealed the newly built Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Village in Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo. The athlete’s village is surrounded by seas with the views of Tokyo Bay and it will start hosting both Olympians and Paralympians 10 days before the opening ceremony.
The village is divided into different areas: the Residential Zone is where athletes will reside during the Games and includes the main dining hall; the Operational Zone is where the main functions required for the operations of the village is; and the Village Plaza is a facility that supports the daily needs of the athletes including a cafe, store, media centre and more.
There are 21 buildings in the residential zone, each with 14 to 18 floors and consists around 3,800 units, 18,000 beds for the Olympic athletes and 8,000 beds for the Paralympic athletes.
The bedrooms are equipped with windows or doors to enable sufficient ventilation to keep the air fresh. To encourage sustainability, bed frames in their rooms are made of cardboard and are 100 per cent recycle, and there will be blackout curtains as well, allowing athletes to sleep and rest at any time.
Main Dining Hall
With the main dining hall opened 24 hours, they are able to serve about 45,000 meals daily for the athletes. The hall has about 2,100 seats for the Olympians and 1,700 seats for the Paralympians.
The organisers prepared 700 food options, offering a wide selection of meals depending on the athletes’ eating habits, cultures, and religions from different backgrounds. Nutritional components will also be displayed for each of the food serving to enable the athletes to plan their dietary intake. If they are not clear of the details of the meals, the athletes can always refer the nutritional help desk which they will be assisted by certified dieticians.
The multifunction complex is a space where the athletes can relax after a tiring day as there will be medical care, casual dining, recreation and fitness services.
While the athletes may have to adhere to a strict protocol regarding leaving the Games’ area, the organisers assigned a casual dining area where the athletes can try different Japanese cuisines from traditional to contemporary foods.
For the first time in Olympic history, a dedicated treatment programme that provides comprehensive medical care for female athletes is available at the clinic complex. The physical therapy department will also provide services in conjunction with the conditioning area in the fitness centre. Other services includes emergency care, internal medicine, dentistry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and clinical examinations.
The Village Plaza is where the athletes can relax and take a stroll when they’re not in competition. It is constructed from timber given from local municipalities throughout the country as an expression of diversity and harmony. There will be various services available to support the daily needs of athletes including a hair salon, dry cleaner, courier counter, bank, photo studio and many more.
Once the Olympic and Paralympic Games is over, the buildings will be renovated for use as general residential apartments. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been working on compiling “the model plan of the post-games-use of the Olympic and Paralympic Village”, and aims to establish a new community where a diverse range of people can interact and live comfortably at the site.
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