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.
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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
A+ Architecture: 7 Brilliant Brick Projects That Reinvigorate an Age-Old Material
2 August 2019
by Nathaniel Bahadursingh
We can’t get enough of brick. It’s a timeless material that adds texture, color, and character to cityscapes that are often dominated by monochromatic, glass and metal façades. Across the winners of the 7th Annual A+Awards, there a number of beautiful brick infused gems from both concepts to fully realized structures. They showcase the innovative ways brick can be used at all scales.
Below is a collection of Jury and Popular Choice Winners that appreciate brick just as much as we do:
Arc by KOICHI TAKADA ARCHITECTS, Sydney, Australia
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May 2019 Issue
Das australische Studio Koichi Takada Architects hat im Nationalmuseum von Katar in Doha zwei höhlenartige Souvenirläden aus gewellten Holzoberfl ächen fertiggestellt. Sie sollen die organische Form des von Stararchitekten Jean Nouvel entworfenen Museums ergänzen, das im März eröffnet wurde. Für den Innenausbau wurden insgesamt 40.000 Holzprofi le verwendet, die mithilfe von 3D-Modellen entworfen wurden. Die Holzschichten erstrecken sich wie Stalagmiten in einer Höhle und bilden Säulen und Regale. Oberlichter geben den Blick auf die Außenwände des Museums frei. Das Studio gewann 2012 einen internationalen Wettbewerb für die Gestaltung der Innenräume des Museums, welche neben… Read more
Koichi Takada Architects is selected as one of the Top 10 Architecture Firms in Australia
4th July 2019
by Karl van Es
In preparing lists such as these, a common theme tends to appear that speaks to the ethos that exists between architect and building. With Australia, that theme is without a doubt nature, and the intrinsic relationship Australian architects have with their landscape. Modern architecture and its deliberate separation from nature will have its place in the architectural history of the country but Australia’s raw, overpowering beauty is inspiring a new generation of architects who are defining a refreshingly new contemporary vernacular on the streets and countryside.
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INDE.Awards inaugural Editors’ Gold Mark goes to Koichi Takada for Arc
02 July 2019
Koichi Takada Architects is best known for pushing people’s perception of architecture. Case in point: Arc by Koichi Takada Architects (KTA) is the proud recipient of the Editors’ Gold Mark and an Honourable Mention (The Multi-Residential Building category) in the INDE.Awards 2019.
With an arched façade that softens the topography of Sydney’s urban environment, the building distinguishes terraced residential living within the city’s commercial hub. It also supports amenity and community through a beautifully designed atrium.
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Koichi Takada: The natural shift into biometric architecture
The Japan Times
16 June 2019
by Juliette Olah
Koichi Takada’s career began with a river. The Tokyo-born architect grew up in the 1970s, living a stone’s throw from the scenic banks of the Tama River in the west of the capital. Takada spent his youth enjoying nature, catching shellfish or koi and releasing them back into the river.
However, the formidable grip of postwar urbanization was palpable in the city. As a child, Takada observed as skyscrapers, train stations and modern infrastructure emerged against the backdrop of the placid rice fields and water systems near his home.
“(The)… Read more
The Much-Anticipated Interiors Designed By Koichi Takada Architects
ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS
April – June 2019 issue
“The National Museum of Qatar will be the next ‘Bilbao Effect’ and Jean Nouvel’s masterful design is a seeker of architectural magic. The museums desert rose inspired space is a mirage within which visitors will lose a sense of time wandering between the past and future. The National Museum of Qatar will give a voice to Qatar’s cultural heritage whilst celebrating its future identity.” —- Koichi Takada
Koichi Takada Architects’ scope for the National Museum of Qatar in Doha is nearing completion after 8 years in the making, after winning an international… Read more
The architects behind the interior of Qatar’s new National Museum
6 June 2019
by Oliver Featherston
The CEO Magazine spoke to Koichi Takada, who was behind the interior design of the National Museum of Qatar, part of the Gulf state’s efforts to revolutionise its cultural landscape.
In March of this year, a 1.5-million-square-foot area in Doha was finally opened to the public. Surrounding the renovated palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, The National Museum of Qatar is a new addition to the identity of the little Gulf monarchy.
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Aria Signals Confidence in Apartment Market with 20-Storey Tower
The Urban Developer
27 May 2019
Bullish Brisbane developer Aria Property Group has lodged its second residential development application within a month, in a sign of confidence for the Brisbane apartment market.
Aria has lodged a proposal for an ambitious 128-apartment mixed-use tower at 66 Hope Street with the Brisbane City Council.
The developer has tapped architecture firm Koichi Takada to design the tower, which is located on the doorstep of Brisbane’s cultural and performing arts precinct. In a tentative lending market, the developer has tailored the offering to owner-occupiers, with three- and four-bedroom apartments, an open-air rooftop and “more than ten… Read more