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 structure was informed by the materials historically used in this part o the city, as well as the proportions of arches along the street front. A traditional, handcrafted brickwork façade at the base of the building mirrors the composition of neighbouring heritage buildings.
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