Even better than the render
by Holly Cunneen
Koichi Takada Architects is known for luxury high-rise apartments, rich materiality and expensive finishes. But we find there is much, much more substance to this story than just good looks.
We are living in a day and age where food looks better than it tastes; people and places look better on Instagram than they do in real life; tourism is largely motived by the need to be seen rather than desire to do or experience; and technology is outshining its own creators. Sadly – scarily – this extends to architecture, too. The capability… Read more
Brickworks Decoded: High-Rise Brick & Masonry Architecture
13 Mar 2019
Arc is featured as part of YellowTrace’s collaborative series with Brickworks Building Products on Australian Architecture that LOVE’S brick!
Aaaaaand… we’re back with our content partnership with our pals from Brickworks Building Products… In this series, we’re focusing on High-rise Brick & Masonry Architecture. Boom! Just in case you hadn’t noticed (but I seriously doubt it), contemporary mid and high rise towers are usually built using materials like concrete, steel, glass and large format claddings.
Alas, I’m sure you’ll agree bricks are amongst the elite group of materials that are hard to beat when it… Read more
Architect of Green Square’s Infinity Tower OK with controversy over his project
12 March 2019
by Sue Williams
They’ve likened it to a doughnut, an armchair and a rollercoaster and said it was a building so ambitious, dramatic and flamboyant, it’d never actually happen.
Yet the controversial apartment block Infinity in Sydney’s Green Square is now just weeks from completion, with its curves, loops and hole right through the middle creating an enormous stir and a flood of both praise and criticism.
No construction since the Opera House in 1958 has excited as much enthusiasm and ridicule, but architect Koichi Takada doesn’t mind one bit. “It’s a privilege to be talked… Read more
Bogen überspannt: Hochhaus von Koichi Takada in Sydney
14 Feb 2019
Es ist ein auffallendes Gebäude. Mit schon postmoderner Leichtigkeit haben Koichi Takada Architects diesem Hochhaus an der zentralen Skittle Lane in Sydney einen deutlichen Bruch eingearbeitet. Wie sie dem Bau vor die unteren acht Stockwerke eine Art Sockel aus komplex vermauertem Backstein vorblendeten und es dann gläsern-glatt in die Höhe schießen lassen, wirkt wie eine Collage aus römischer Antike und International Design. Dabei haben die Architekten und die Bauherrin Crown International Holdings Group dem Wohn- und Geschäftshaus einen schnörkellosen Namen gegeben, der das alles verbindende Motiv dieses ambivalenten Projekts benennt: Der Bogen, the Arc.
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Architecturally-Designed Beach Side Abodes That Stole Our Imagination
20 Feb 2019
This waterfront retreat designed by iconic Australian-Japanese architect Koichi Takada is the epitome of an Australian dream home, adorned with a private beach, garden and open-plan living.
Koichi, in collaboration with JGroup Projects & Development, quickly uncovered that the concept needed to reflect the owner’s love of the outdoors; an openness of space and beach lifestyle, offering constant opportunities to connect with nature.… Read more
This is Sydney’s First Boutique Serviced Apartments In Its Central Business District
20 Feb 2019
Skye Suites Sydney opened in October last year with a roster of 73 studios. Guests can opt between single or double bedroom suites, located on seven floors of the Arc Sydney; itself a recently inaugurated 25-storey multi-residential building. Designed by Koichi Takada, the structure includes a clever pedestrian thoroughfare linking to Kent, Clarence and King streets, including historic Skittle Lane.
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Beauty is in the Details for this Tower in Sydney
14 Feb 2019
Karl van Es
Koichi Takada Architects completes Arc, its latest mixed-use residential tower in Sydney’s CBD. The project won the City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition in 2013 and spans the width of a whole city block fronting both Clarence Street and Kent Street in the historic precinct of central Sydney. The building combines old and new, a handcrafted brick podium and an organic roof feature designed to add more character to the future of Sydney.
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Crown brings nature to heart of LA
16 Feb 2019
When the time came for Sydney’s Crown Group to take the big development leap into the US, there was little question who business founder Iwan Sunito would call upon — celebrated Japanese Australian architect Koichi Takada.
The pair have created architec-turally unique buildings around Australia and their vision offshore is no different.
Their planned Sky Trees tower sporting an undulating timber canopy referencing Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe’s “flying skirt” moment, in Los Angeles, is designed to resonate with the city’s celebrated street culture.
The developer and architect had previously collaborated on a… Read more
Sky Trees tower proposed for Los Angeles takes cues from redwoods and Marilyn Monroe
Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled a slatted timber tower for Los Angeles, featuring a splayed bottom that draws on Marilyn Monroe’s “flying skirt” moment.
Koichi Takada Architects has proposed the mixed-use Sky Trees development for 1111 South Hill Street in Downtown LA. It comprises two towers – one planned to reach 70 storeys and the other about half as tall.
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70-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Flying Skirt’ Planned for Downtown LA
14 February 2019
A new mixed-use tower by Sydney-based practice Koichi Takada Architects has been designed for downtown Los Angeles. With the potential to rise as high as 70 stories, the project was inspired by California’s redwood trees and Marilyn Monroe’s iconic wind-swept skirt. Dubbed Sky Trees, the project will include clustered towers clad in timber mullions that transformed into free-flowing wooden awnings at the base of the project.
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