An Iconic Museum Rises From the Qatari Waterfront
2 April 2019
by Michael Webb
As a counterpoint to the sculptural complexity of Nouvel’s architecture, the Sydney-based firm of Koichi Takada has designed two museum shops inspired by the Cave of Light, a geological marvel in the heart of Qatar. A hand-assembled vortex of 40,000 pieces of wood soars high overhead and morphs into shelving and display units. Takada also designed a mezzanine-level café, where a trio of wood-railed enclosures are lined with cushions (traditional Berber patterns woven by Missoni) to recall desert tents. A second café and Alain Ducasse’s restaurant are still under construction.
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National Museum of Qatar now open
Vacation & Travel
1 April 2019
by Nupur Trivedi
After eight years in the making, the National Museum of Qatar has officially opened, revealing Koichi Takada Architects’ stunningly designed interior architecture. The Sydney-based design firm won an international competition to design the interiors of the Doha museum in 2012.
Koichi Takada’s interior design offers a nice complement to the museum’s exterior architecture. French architect and Pritzker-prize winner, Jean Nouvel, is responsible for the satellite-like, disc-shaped exterior, which was inspired by the desert rose mineral formation. Koichi Takada’s design concept of ‘desert scapes’ offers an ode to Nouvel’s daring creation.… Read more
Australian architect designs interiors in Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar
28th March 2019
by Linda Cheng
The National Museum of Qatar, designed by Atelier Jean Nouvel, has opened to the public.
Australian practice Koichi Takada Architects has designed a series of interior spaces for the building, including retail spaces and a number of hospitality venues.
Nouvel’s design for the building is inspired by the desert rose, a geological phenomenon that forms clusters of gypsum crystals resembling rose petals. The building’s form is hence made up of a series of dramatic interlocking discs, which form complex geometries.
In turn, Koichi Takada Architects’ design for the interiors takes inspiration from… Read more
Koichi Takada Architects Unveils Interior Design of The National Museum of Qatar
27th March 2019
After winning an international competition in 2012, Sydney based practice, Koichi Takada Architects, reveals their interior design for the highly-anticipated national museum of Qatar. situated in the capital of Doha, the building designed by Jean Nouvel enjoys it’s grand opening today on March 27th 2019. The concept of the interiors by Koichi Takada is described as ‘desert-scapes’ and follows Jean Nouvel’s ‘desert rose’ inspiration for the external architectural expression.
The idea of creating interiors that represent Qatar can be seen throughout the various spaces, resulting in an architecture that is relevant to its context. from the museum shops to the desert rose café, the… Read more
Skye Suites to open in Green Square’s most iconic building
ETB Travel News
26 March 2019
Crown Group will open its third luxury serviced apartment hotel, SKYE Suites Green Square, mid-year as part of the iconic $575 million development Infinity by Crown Group, which is shaping up to be Sydney’s most sought-after place to live, play and stay.
Designed by globally renowned Koichi Takada Architects, Infinity by Crown Group will have 326 premium apartments, a convention centre, a new retail and dining precinct with 20 outlets, a beautiful 90-room hotel called SKYE Suites Green Square and a Woolworths supermarket nearby.
The 20-storey building has captured the public’s attention with its iconic looped… Read more
SNEAK PEAK – The National Museum of Qatar will have gift shops & food outlets – interiors designed by Koichi Takada Architects
Qatar’s daily newspaper
25 March 2019
Doha: The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has announced plans for its gift shops and food sites, which will open over the course of several weeks after the public opening on March 28.
Similar to the carefully chosen aesthetic of the museum itself, each outfit was created by an artist whose vision was inspired by the grand design of the desert rose.
Japanese-born, Sydney-based designer Koichi Takada won the competition to create the stunning indoor spaces. The firm designed both museum shops (a gift shop and a children’s gift shop), the… Read more
Crown Group Partners with Boutique Developer on Melbourne Towers
The Urban Developer
25 March 2019
Sydney-based developer Crown Group will expand its operational footprint launching its first Melbourne development, in a joint venture project with G3 Projects planned in Southbank.
The “arts-inspired” $140 million apartment development comprises two Koichi Takada-designed residential towers that will stand 14-and-16-storeys.
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Crown Group’s first foray into Melbourne apartments in Southbank set for 2024 completion
24 March 2019
Media Release: Sturt Street, Southbank Melbourne
…Mr Sunito said the building designed by Koichi Takada Architects would stand as a work of art itself.
Architect Koichi Takada said the distinctive design, which included curved white towers encircled by sinuous white ribbons, were inspired by images in the arts.
“The ribbons will form a beautiful pattern that will gleam white, reflecting the light, creating an ever-changing canvas and a beacon to people in the surrounding area,” Mr Takada said.
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Brick archways topped by rounded glass tower at Arc by Koichi Takada Architects
19 March 2019
by Jon Astbury
Koichi Takada Architects has designed a podium fronted with brick archways as the base of the glass and steel Arc tower in Sydney, Australia.
The mixed-use scheme for developer Crown Group is in a historic area of Sydney’s central business district.
Local firm Koichi Takada Architects combined old and new styles with a robust, arched brick podium surrounding a 26-storey glass and steel tower.
The Arc tower development contains 135 apartments and 86 boutique hotel rooms, with eight shops at street level.
The building is split in two by the publicly accessible Skittle Lane, a pathway from the 1980s that… Read more
Sydney architect Koichi Takada on his Doha designs and working with Jean Nouvel
Australian Financial Review
13th March 2019
by Stephen Todd
When architect Koichi Takada received an invitation to participate in the international competition to design interiors for the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), in Doha, he didn’t quite believe it. That was nine years ago, and having just set up his Sydney studio, the only public spaces Takada had completed were a few small (albeit beautiful) fast-food franchises in suburbs such as Sutherland and Maroubra in NSW – hardly hotspots on the international design radar.
It was an incredible opportunity, he quickly learnt: the museum itself was being designed by… Read more