Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


Infinity by Crown Group

Koichi Takada Architects’ Infinity nears completion in Sydney’s green square. The first images of the ambitious project were released.

the glass entrance to the new green square library juxtaposes the fluid and sculptural form
photo by Ashleigh Hughes

Infinity by Crown group, the so-called ‘landscape tower’ designed by Koichi Takada Architects, is nearing completion after five years in the making. the practice won the project in 2014 through the city of Sydney design excellence competition, during which the team has overcome a series of design and construction challenges to deliver a stand-out piece of architecture. as the scaffolding is slowly being removed, the structure is just beginning its unveiling, with an expected completion in early 2019.

Infinity is located on the corner of Bourke street and botany road, a gateway site to green square, a new town center in Sydney. the 20-story building is designed with the idea of ‘cities within cities’, containing a total of 40.000 sqm of truly mixed-use functions, which include 325 apartments, 75 boutique hotel rooms, 30+ retail and F&B outlets, a 450-seat conference center, and a direct connection to the green square train station.

Koichi Takada has designed the landscape tower using terracing and level changes to connect the building from multiple angles. this approach creates an experience of being within the landscape, just like Sydney’s undulating topography. ‘the idea of the landscape tower democratizes tall buildings,’ explains the design team. ‘it is almost fighting against height, trying to push down as much as it can, to bring the experience down to a more human scale.’

“The shape adapted due to the environment, to respond to the sunlight, to create a relationship with the surrounding buildings, and really open the vista for the people who live around it.” Koichi Takada

The aerodynamic form draws air into the courtyard and facilitates natural ventilation through pressure differentials. The sculptural shape is carefully designed to give more sunlight back into the green square library and plaza (designed by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects). The main library space is hidden underground and mostly relies on skylights for natural light.

A lot of people underestimate the shape of infinity,’ says Koichi Takada. We’re not doing it because we think it looks cool, it was something that we developed for a reason. The shape adapted due to the environment, to respond to the sunlight, to create a relationship with the surrounding buildings, and really open the vista for the people who live around it. The loop brings more daylight into the public plaza and in turn makes it a more pleasant place to be. the shape is just a result of this conversation with the environment, the context, and the neighbors.’

  • Honorable Mention American Architecure Prize (AAP) Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture 2016
  • Shortlisted World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2016
  • Longlisted World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2015
  • Silver Award International Design Awards (IDA) Conceptual Architecture 2015
  • Winner Design Excellence Competition City of Sydney 2014
  • Winner Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Concept Design 2014

Study option of cloud like facade design, showing perspectives changing with orientation

Game Changer: Linking the loop. A milestone for Infinity by Crown Group, under construction; 370 structural steel members, 63 tonnes raised 54 meters up in the air. Lifting the Game, Infinity is about to change the skyline of Sydney.

Under Construction April 2018

  • ProjectInfinity by Crown Group
  • Location301-303 Botany Road, Green Square, Sydney, Australia
  • ClientCrown International Holdings Group
  • StatusUnder Construction
  • Architecture and Interior DesignKoichi Takada Architects
  • CGIMIR (2,3) and Binyan (1,4)
  • Structural/Civil EngineersVan Der Meer Consulting
  • Engineers: Electrical, Mechanical, Fire and LiftBSE Engineers
  • Hydraulic EngineersCM Consulting Engineers
  • Fire EngineersHolmes Fire