Doha, Qatar What To Expect?
29 October 2019
by Cécilia Pelloux
Qatar and its capital Doha is an easy 6 hour direct flight from Paris with Qatar Airlines. The country-11 000 square kilometers and more than 2,6 million inhabitants-is located in the Persian gulf and shares its frontiers with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Qatar takes its prosperity from hydrocarbons and in particular gas-as it is the 4th global producer of natural gas after the USA, Russia and Iran. Doha where dust and sand meet the cyan of the Persian gulf seems improbable. For the last four decades, the city has been transformed by… Read more
An oasis of calm in the Birdcage madness
Australian Financial Review
25 October 2019
by Dan F. Stapleton
The unofficial theme of this year’s Birdcage seems to be Bigger, Bolder and Brasher. Each of the 11 brands represented in the invitation-only enclosure – Seppelt Wines, Mumm and Schweppes among them – is attempting to up the ante in some way.
High-end jeweller Kennedy is decking out its front-row marquee with millions of dollars worth of rare timepieces and casually installing a jazz band. Network 10, which has been gifted a significant slice of the front row as part of its new partnership deal, is building a fully… Read more
Why architecture can be a solution to climate change
23 October 2019
One of Australia’s most influential architects says his industry is at a critical point in the making of new buildings as they relate to climate change.
To the biggest annual gathering of the folk responsible for such a large portion of the public realm, the Sydney-based but globally-operative Koichi Takada will argue that because of the measurable impacts of climate change, the industry as a whole is at such a critical point “that we must now change our drive from one of commercialisation to mass greening”.
“And that will be… Read more
‘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
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
Koichi Takada Architects creat stunning cave-like gift shops using timber inside the National Museum of Qatar
TIMBER DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
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
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
Koichi Takada, the architect who invites nature into Australian cities
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
National Museum of Qatar is one of the World’s Greatest Places 2019
World’s Greatest Places 2019
The National Museum of 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
Rare Desert Beauty
INDESIGN MAGAZINE #78
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.
… Read more