Qatar’s new $610-million museum was inspired by desert rose crystals
16 April 2019
by Liam Freeman
NMoQ is the embodiment of that idea. Opening two years later than originally planned, amidst the ongoing diplomatic crisis, the building was designed by Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker-winning French architect behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Philharmonie de Paris – in the likeness of a desert rose crystal (pictured below). Interiors were designed by Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects, who also created Jennifer Hawkins’ waterfront home.
Comprising an array of curved discs, the spontaneity of the structure continues in the museum’s interior. Forsaking the white cube format of many galleries, the undulating walls make… Read more
Drawn from the desert
The Australian Newspaper
13th April 2019
by Christine Mccabe
There’s an Australian connection to the newly opened National Museum of Qatar rising above Doha’s waterfront Corniche.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the impressive new museum consists of a series of layered, intersecting discs inspired by the so-called desert rose, surreal crystal clusters that sprout in the sand and bear a striking resemblance to the flower.
But the restaurants and retail spaces are the work of Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects after winning an international design competition in 2012. Principal… Read more
“THE IMPERFECTLY PERFECT STRUCTURE”
5th April 2019
by Sindhu Nair
Koichi Takada touches on the Wabi-sabi aesthetics that is on play at the National Museum of Qatar as he takes us through his interior designs within the Museum. By Sindhu Nair
Koichi Takada stands apart, serene yet observant, in the mayhem that surrounds Jean Nouvel and his fan following at the opening of the National Museum of Qatar. His approach to design is similar to his character; in perfect sync with the surrounding, drawing inspiration from nature without disturbing the balance.
Takada reminisces about the buildings he was inspired by in Doha.… Read more
An Iconic Museum Rises From the Qatari Waterfront
2 April 2019
by Michael Webb
As a counterpoint to the sculptural complexity of Nouvel’s architecture, the Sydney-based firm of Koichi Takada has designed two museum shops inspired by the Cave of Light, a geological marvel in the heart of Qatar. A hand-assembled vortex of 40,000 pieces of wood soars high overhead and morphs into shelving and display units. Takada also designed a mezzanine-level café, where a trio of wood-railed enclosures are lined with cushions (traditional Berber patterns woven by Missoni) to recall desert tents. A second café and Alain Ducasse’s restaurant are still under construction.
The National… Read more
National Museum of Qatar now open
Vacation & Travel
1 April 2019
by Nupur Trivedi
After eight years in the making, the National Museum of Qatar has officially opened, revealing Koichi Takada Architects’ stunningly designed interior architecture. The Sydney-based design firm won an international competition to design the interiors of the Doha museum in 2012.
Koichi Takada’s interior design offers a nice complement to the museum’s exterior architecture. French architect and Pritzker-prize winner, Jean Nouvel, is responsible for the satellite-like, disc-shaped exterior, which was inspired by the desert rose mineral formation. Koichi Takada’s design concept of ‘desert scapes’ offers an ode to Nouvel’s daring creation.… Read more
Australian architect designs interiors in Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar
28th March 2019
by Linda Cheng
The National Museum of Qatar, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, has opened to the public.
Australian practice Koichi Takada Architects has designed a series of interior spaces for the building, including retail spaces and a number of hospitality venues.
Nouvel’s design for the building is inspired by the desert rose, a geological phenomenon that forms clusters of gypsum crystals resembling rose petals. The building’s form is hence made up of a series of dramatic interlocking discs, which form complex geometries.
In turn, Koichi Takada Architects’ design for the interiors takes inspiration from… Read more
Koichi Takada Architects Unveils Interior Design of The National Museum of Qatar
27th March 2019
After winning an international competition in 2012, Sydney based practice, Koichi Takada Architects, reveals their interior design for the highly-anticipated national museum of Qatar. situated in the capital of Doha, the building designed by Jean Nouvel enjoys it’s grand opening today on March 27th 2019. The concept of the interiors by Koichi Takada is described as ‘desert-scapes’ and follows Jean Nouvel’s ‘desert rose’ inspiration for the external architectural expression.
The idea of creating interiors that represent Qatar can be seen throughout the various spaces, resulting in an architecture that is relevant to its context. from the museum shops to the desert rose café, the… Read more
Skye Suites to open in Green Square’s most iconic building
ETB Travel News
26 March 2019
Crown Group will open its third luxury serviced apartment hotel, SKYE Suites Green Square, mid-year as part of the iconic $575 million development Infinity by Crown Group, which is shaping up to be Sydney’s most sought-after place to live, play and stay.
Designed by globally renowned Koichi Takada Architects, Infinity by Crown Group will have 326 premium apartments, a convention centre, a new retail and dining precinct with 20 outlets, a beautiful 90-room hotel called SKYE Suites Green Square and a Woolworths supermarket nearby.
The 20-storey building has captured the public’s attention with its iconic looped… Read more
SNEAK PEAK – The National Museum of Qatar will have gift shops & food outlets – interiors designed by Koichi Takada Architects
Qatar’s daily newspaper
25 March 2019
Doha: The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has announced plans for its gift shops and food sites, which will open over the course of several weeks after the public opening on March 28.
Similar to the carefully chosen aesthetic of the museum itself, each outfit was created by an artist whose vision was inspired by the grand design of the desert rose.
Japanese-born, Sydney-based designer Koichi Takada won the competition to create the stunning indoor spaces. The firm designed both museum shops (a gift shop and a children’s gift shop), the… Read more
Crown Group Partners with Boutique Developer on Melbourne Towers
The Urban Developer
25 March 2019
Sydney-based developer Crown Group will expand its operational footprint launching its first Melbourne development, in a joint venture project with G3 Projects planned in Southbank.
The “arts-inspired” $140 million apartment development comprises two Koichi Takada-designed residential towers that will stand 14-and-16-storeys.
For the full feature, visit The Urban Developer… Read more