8 November 2018
by Rebecca Gross
Koichi Takada Architects has designed Calibre, a new apartment complex, with a focus on craft and nature to create a more human relationship between residents and their environment.
The Arts and Crafts movement emerged in the nineteenth century as a reaction to industrialization, as theorists and designers placed value on craftsmanship and natural materials and looked to nature for inspiration. Calibre is a new multi-residential development designed by Koichi Takada Architects – and much like the Arts and Crafts movement, it responds to the mass-produced, standardized and impersonal architecture of many modern apartment blocks, by focusing on craft and nature to create a more human relationship between residents and their environment. “Today we are so exposed to the fast pace of living and we long for the opposite. Calibre is a representation of that,” says architect Koichi Takada himself.
Developed in Surry Hills, Calibre is surrounded by dense urban buildings. However, Surry Hills is also a leafy inner-city neighborhood with views of the city skyline, and these two characteristics influenced the design. “Most of the trees are taller than the terrace houses in Surry Hills,” Koichi explains. “We wanted to embody the trees rather than the surrounding buildings, and to connect to the landscape rather than the cityscape.”
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