Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


‘I Do Push’: Koichi Takada On Rules And Criticism

The Urban Developer

18 October 2019

Dinah Lewis Boucher


Koichi Takada talks to journalist Dinah Lewis Boucher ahead of his talk at URBANITY 2019

Keynote speaker: Koichi Takada
The Humanising of Architecture: Inside the nature-inspired mind of architectural prodigy Koichi Takada
Thursday 24 October
Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane


Architect Koichi Takada is five minutes late when The Urban Developer catches up with him, delayed by news he has just picked up a new project—a commercial development with an American IT giant he won’t yet disclose.

The Sydney firm,… Read more

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National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops

Premier Retail Magazine

ISSUE 3.1 September 2019


Koichi Takada Architects’ scope for the national museum of Qatar in Doha has completed after eight years in the making. The grand opening on Wednesday 28th March 2019 revealed the much anticipated and captivating designs by Koichi Takada Architects, including its museum shop.… Read more

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Koichi Takada Architects creat stunning cave-like gift shops using timber inside the National Museum of Qatar


June 2019 #43


The grand opening of the National Museum of Qatar in March earlier this year revealed the much-anticipated and captivating interior designed by Australian studio – Koichi Takada Architects – who are nearing the completion of their scope of work after almost 8 years in the making. The design studio has completed two gift shops inside Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar in Doha, featuring undulating wooden surfaces. The two cave-like gift shops are the first of a number of interiors spaces that Koichi Takada Architects has designed inside the new museum, along… Read more

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ARC: Demonstrating careful consideration of its heritage surroundings

AA – Architecture Australia

Issue: Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Sept / Oct 2019

Project review: ARC
By Peter John Cantril

Page 78 – 84

Demonstrating careful consideration  of its heritage surrounds and with a mix of uses throughout, this finely detailed skyscraper advances the social culture.


The attractions of city centres, including their proximity to high-value jobs and a vibrant social culture, continue to draw people closer together. Simultaneously, our current climate emergency requires us to reduce emissions and waste.

Choosing to live in an apartment rather than a house can lessen our environmental impact by… Read more

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Koichi Takada, the architect who invites nature into Australian cities

Good Weekend

The Sydney Morning Herald

31 August 2019

by Benjamin Law


The Tokyo-born architect, 47, is responsible for some of Sydney’s most recognisable new buildings, including Infinity at Green Square and, in the CBD, Arc – known for its arched facade made from 300,000 bricks.


Did you grow up with any religion?
In Japan, we have Shinto – worshipping nature, if you like. It’s why we have shrines in the landscape, why we climb mountains and visit shrines on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We also worship Japanese gods through matsuri [festivals]. It becomes part… Read more

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National Museum of Qatar is one of the World’s Greatest Places 2019

TIME Magazine

World’s Greatest Places 2019

The National Museum of Qatar

Doha, Qatar


In the Persian Gulf, a desert rose forms when sand adheres to the crystals created by the slow evaporation of salt basins. The resulting clusters look like interlocking discs and inspired Jean Nouvel’s design of the National Museum of Qatar, which sprawls along the waterfront of the capital, Doha. The destination museum opened in March and uses immersive video screens and dioramas to take visitors on a mile-long journey through the peninsula’s history, from geology to pearl diving to Bedouin life and finally back to geology—namely, to… Read more

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Rare Desert Beauty


Paul McGillick


Koichi Takada Architects’ interiors for the new National Museum of Qatar exude a visceral beauty that is breathtaking in their impact and imagination.

A recent success story of Australian architecture has been the rapid rise of Koichi Takada Architects (KTA), headed up by Japanese-born and trained Koichi Takada. Unlike many practices, KTA made a relatively quick transition from individual residentials to large-scale projects. That they negotiated the steep learning curve was no doubt due in large measure to Takada’s relentless work ethic, instilled in him by his rigorous, and sometimes brutal, Japanese training.
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2019 A+Awards Project of the Year: Arc by Koichi Takada Architects


20 August 2019

by Nathaniel Bahadursingh


Scooping virtually every accolade available in the 7th Annual A+Awards, Koichi Takada Architects’ Arc is nothing short of magnificent. It took home both the Jury and Popular Choice awards in the High-rise Multi-Unit Housing category and is one of five buildings honoured with the 2019 A+ Awards Project of the Year title. Located in Sydney, Australia, this elegant mixed-use residential tower comprises 26 floors of apartments, boutique hotel rooms and retail spaces spanning the width of an entire city block.

What sets Arc apart is how it employs innovative contemporary design while paying homage to the heritage of its environment. The… Read more

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Winners revealed: 2019 Think Brick Awards


16 August 2019

by Desk AAU


The winners of the 2019 Think Brick Awards, which celebrate excellence in the use of clay brick, concrete masonry and roof tiles by architects and designers, have been announced at a gala dinner at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Elizabeth McIntyre, Think Brick Australia CEO, said the winners were some of the most daring designs the awards had seen.

“The architects’ use of brick, masonry and roof tiles in their designs highlights how these materials are front of mind in contemporary Australian design,” she said.

In a repeat of last year,… Read more

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‘We had to meet enormous technical challenges’: Behind the build of Qatar’s breathtaking new museum


16 August 2019

by Kate Jones


The star of Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada is definitely rising. Takada is working on some of Australia’s most prestigious projects and being summoned to lend his talents to various international projects.

Takada collaborated with renowned French architect Nouvel, who designed the museum exterior. The result is a complex assortment of buildings topped by round, disk-like roofs placed at varying angles.

Nouvel says the design was inspired by the desert rose, a flower-like aggregate of mineral crystals, found in the arid coastal regions of Qatar.

“Taking the desert rose as… Read more

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