THE NOW MAGAZINE - City Life On The Water

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The NOW Magazine - Winter Edition

Last edition we spoke to renowned architect, Koichi Takada, on the design aesthetics of 889 Collins St. As Takada moved onto the neighbouring 883 Collins St, we went back to take a closer look at the heart of the building, and find out why Takada believes apartment living to be the way of the future.                                                                                                                       

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Melbourne’s past has been shaped by urban sprawl – the iconic idea that everyone should have enough space for a Hills Hoist, barbeque, swimming pool (for some) and a car or three. But lately, Melbourne has opened its eyes to the possibility that apartment life could offer all this and more, without losing the connection to the city, or hours to commute.

Placemaking experts and urban planners are looking to ideas that have been around for decades in cities like New york and Tokyo, but not all apartment developments have the right idea. “Apartments in general are becoming more compact and more ‘efficient’ in terms of planning layout”, says Takada., “so people are having to compromise on space.”

In his latest development at 883 Collins St, however, Takada has taken contemporary luxe and glamour to new heights. He explains that the generously appointed apartments are complemented by not the standard gym and pool, but also by entertainment rooms and outdoor areas. “They become an extension of the living space, a much wider context than the traditional apartment model, where you’re stuck in a confined space.”

Takada lives in an apartment himself, so is intimately familiar with what makes them desirable to live in. “I believe in apartment living. I’m inspired by the ideas of modernism – the building should be like a small community in a vertical, layered way.”

At 883, Takada has build spaces that enable this sense of community. There’s a multifunctional events room, complete with kitchenette for catered events for residents, their friends and guests, and formal dining tables and lounges with views of the water and of the stunning Waterside Place. “It can be a formal or as informal as you like, for drinks and dancing or a kids’ birthday party,” says Takada. On the podium is a roof terrace – with barbeque facilities for sunny summer days – as well as an outdoor events space that can host multiple groups at a time. There’s a theatre room, where residents play a DVD for a romantic movie date or a kids sleep over, and a games room for children (or the young at heart) is set up with all kinds of games and activities, from chess to karaoke.

“That extra space is such an amazing feeling. It’s a bit like the public Zen gardens in Japan, which brings a sense of luxury and tranquillity to people living out of necessity in very confined spaces. In a similar way, the water brings tranquillity and relaxation, with all the perks of the city.”

“It’s also much more sustainable. Just like the great concept of car sharing, living in an apartment is space sharing. So we’re being responsible for the environment while engaging in the productive energy of the city. It creates a hot-spot condition. Everything is there for you – retail and restaurants at your fingertips. That efficiency allows you more freedom to travel, to get away on the weekends.”

With its absolute water frontage and the visual and physical connection to the city, the future looks very appealing from 883 Collins St. 

Written by Lily Keil

 

 

LOUNGE MAGAZINE - Sculpting Skylines

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An article on Koichi and two of Koichi Takada Architects' designs appear in the Winter 2015 edition of Crown Group's magazine 'Lounge'.

The article states that Koichi Takada Architects' "...designs seem to encapsulate the best of opposing forces: balancing ideas of the future with those of the present; an urbanised lifestyle with the wonders of nature."

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LiveLife Design Hunter Series + #SID15

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Koichi Takada is speaking at this year's Sydney Indesign Event. He will be discussing Infinite Possibilities available within material explorations in architecture, art and design alongside Isabelle Toland and Lucy Humphrey; as well as the Future of the Home alongside Hannah Tribe and William Smart.

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Crown Group Launches Koichi Takada's Sculptural Addition To Green Square

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More than a year on from the announcement that Koichi Takada Architects has won the brief to design Crown Group's extravagant sculptural apartment building at Green Square, new details, imagery and models has now been revealed as part of the developer's equally as extravagant marking launch held at Sydney's Carriageworks on July 30th. 

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Defined by curved facades that wrap in two concentric loops of patterned glass and aluminium, the design for Green Square has attracted much attention, one speaker at the buildings launch saying, "Just like the Sydney Opera House, infinity by Crown Group will leave a legacy and deliver to Sydney another global icon".

"As an architect I dream of architecture for tomorrow and its infinite possibilities", said Koichi Takada as he addressed the crowd at Carriageworks, making Infinity by Crown a dream project for this dynamic firm.   

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DOMAIN - Sydney Develops its very own brand of Architecture: Curvy

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In this weeks edition of Domain, Koichi Takada Architects receive a notable mention for their 'conspicuously shaped' designs which seem to be redefining a new brand of 'curvy' architecture amongst Sydney's up and coming skyline. 

Crown Green Square. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects. 

Crown Green Square. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects. 

For too long, Melbourne's angular architectural style has garnered far more praise than Sydney's jumble of buildings. But now Sydney is finally coming into its own with a flood of organic and curved buildings that is consistent with its ever-celebrated landscape. 

Koichi Takada Architects Crown Green Square and Sydney by Crown are amongst these highly anticipated buildings set to give Sydney its very own recognisable architectural style that is "inspired by the landscape of Sydney, and connected to the landscape" (Koichi Takada).              "They are just so appropriate for this city and we're seeing almost a renaissance of architecture here that should be embraced". 

http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/sydney-develops-its-very-own-brand-of-architecture-curvy-20150805-gir87p.html


   

DOMAIN - Green Square developer lays out the red carpet for buyers

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In this weeks Domain, the official unveiling of the model for Crown's Green Square apartment building, as designed by Koichi Takada Architects, is likened to that of a premier for the new Bond movie. Held at Sydney's Carriageworks last Thursday night, the Crown Group event was the city's biggest and most costly promotional launch of a residential property.

The glittering night saw it's red carpet graced by the who's who of Sydney, including mega-model and actor Megan Gale, guest of honour Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, former premier Nick Grenier, television presenter Kylie Gillies and interior designer and Block judge Darren Palmer. 

Crown Group chief Iwan Sunito and actor-model Megan Gale at the Infinity by Crown Group, Green Square launch. Photo: domain.com.au

Crown Group chief Iwan Sunito and actor-model Megan Gale at the Infinity by Crown Group, Green Square launch. Photo: domain.com.au

With apartments going on sale on August 29, the extravaganza has certainly raised the bar for development launches, Pierre Abrahamse, Crown Group general manager developments, further adding they will be taking the launch of the apartment building internationally, recreating the 'Diamonds are Forever' themed night in Singapore, China and Indonesia. 

http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/green-square-developer-lays-out-the-red-carpet-for-buyers-20150731-giookt.html

 

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Green Square's Crowning Glory

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As Crown Group prepares for the official unveiling of its much anticipated development Crown Green Square this Thursday, the night is set to host a glittering crowd of celebrities, none more glittering than Koichi Takada Architects landmark design itself.

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DESIGN BOOM - Koichi Takada Architects support Sydney's East Village with timber tree-like columns

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Providing a canopy over shoppers at the East Village urban marketplace in Sydney, Australia, the architects at Koichi Takada have introduced a different, and natural setting to promote a unique shopping experience. The design draws its influence from the park and landscape - in ways that it illustrated through the use of timber as the main component, and texture to focus on the tree-like columns that grown and fan-out to merge with the ceiling. Combining materials and reflection, the interior condition is revered and opened up to light while at the same time, mirrored surfaces reflect glimpses of the sky-garden scenery and the natural skylight invites sunlight into the heart of the interior. 

Branching away from the typical, air-conditioned, monotonous shopping centers, East village challenges this perception by introducing sustainable and natural elements - achieving 'Australian excellence' in environmental eco design. The only artificial light seen is through the branches of the tree columns, which  highlight the spatial experience. 

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CENTRAL SYDNEY - Sky High Ambitions, Jaw-Dropping Plan Unveiled - Crown Green Square

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First there was the spectacular cantilevered and green wall-covered One Central Park, then came Frank Gehry's "crumpled bag" design for the University of Technology, Sydney. Now, Sydney's skyline is set to get another space-age skyscraper in the form of Crown Group's new luxury apartment complex at Green Square.                     

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Having received hundreds of expressions of interest from potential buyers two months before its official launch, Koichi Takada Architects futuristic design for Green Square leads to way as Sydney architecture reaches for the stars.

In an attempt to redefine the way light and space are utilised throughout the 20-storey development, Koichi Takada Architects has designed the building with a unique looped shape.  'The Green Square development represents Sydney's love of unique design living... I think the introduction of new practices by local and international architects reflects what tomorrow is going to bring for Sydney.'  Crown Group national director Pierre Abrahamse.

'Crown Green Square has been designed to meet the needs of the future; for a city of the future. Crown Green Square is about our search for perfection', Iwan Sunito, Crown Group chef executive. 


Lend Lease Gets Nod For Landmark Docklands Tower

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Koichi Takada Architects is pleased to announce the approval by Melbourne City Council of our tower designs at 889 Collins Street, in Docklands, set to pave the way for the completion of the landmark project in Victoria Harbour.

"We try to open up space where people can experience fresh air, sky, the connection to the water in a city environment. It's a luxury," Koichi Takada.  

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DOMAIN - Northern Beaches Roars Back To Life

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In this weeks edition of Domain, Koichi Takada Architects proves a front-runner in the revival of the Northern Beaches. Keeping the excitement buoyed is our 'top-of-the-market' project The Bower in Cabbage Tree Bay, Manly. A melody of glass, natural timbers and stone, this modern and contemporary design lends itself effortlessly to the shores of Manly, celebrating the essence of this beautiful location.

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A'DESIGN AWARDS 2015 - Koichi Takada Architects Awarded GOLD For East Village Retail Precinct

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Koichi Takada Architects have been awarded Gold in the 2015 A'Design Award Competition. The international competition aims to highlight excellence in best design, design concept and design oriented products in all creative disciplines and industries. The award focuses on innovation, technology, design and creativity.                                                                                                                                                  https://competition.adesignaward.com/designer.php?profile=149471

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AUSTRALIA INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2015 - Koichi Takada Architects shortlisted for East Village

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East Village Retail Precinct by Koichi Takada Architects has been shortlisted for the 2015 Australia Interior Design Awards. Winners are to be announced on Friday 15th May. The annual awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence across a number of categories. The awards are backed by the Design Institute of Australia and are judged by a panel of nationally acclaimed industry professionals.

 http://gallery.australianinteriordesignawards.com/year:2015/awardid:134/entryid:1506

Image: Tom Ferguson

Image: Tom Ferguson

THE BEST TALL BUILDING IN THE WORLD IS AT CENTRAL PARK

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One Central Park has been declared the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the esteemed Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Koichi Takada Architects were responsible for the interior design of the East Tower apartments as well as the Sky Penthouses within One Central Park.

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EXPERIENCE A GLOBAL ICON - SYDNEY BY CROWN

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Crowned a global icon and architectural masterpiece in this weeks Domain Magazine, Koichi Takada Architects project Sydney by Crown makes a breathtaking impact on a world-famous skyline with its soaring arcs and luxurious residences. 

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