by Holly Cunneen
Koichi Takada Architects is known for luxury high-rise apartments, rich materiality and expensive finishes. But we find there is much, much more substance to this story than just good looks.
We are living in a day and age where food looks better than it tastes; people and places look better on Instagram than they do in real life; tourism is largely motived by the need to be seen rather than desire to do or experience; and technology is outshining its own creators. Sadly – scarily – this extends to architecture, too. The capability of rendered drawings in not only expressing an architect’s vision but also communicating a proposed building’s impact can sometimes have greater effect than the final built product.