Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney

Koichi Takada

Koichi Takada

Koichi Takada is a Sydney-based architect who aims to
‘naturalise’ architecture in the urban environment and believes in greening our cities – an approach he pledged after living in cities of high urbanization: Tokyo, New York and London. Koichi graduated from the School of Architecture at City University of New York and Architectural Association, London. He studied his thesis under Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Farshid Moussavi and Rem Koolhaas.

Founded in 2008, Koichi Takada Architects celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. Through a series of award & competition winning designs, the growing practice is gaining an international reputation and is about to change the skylines of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Jakarta, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Recent projects include Infinity in Green Square, Sydney, a futuristic mixed use hotel and residential project, shapes like a giant loop, nicknamed The Doughnut; another is Arc in Sydney CBD, the a 22-storey building podium with a series of traditional layered brick masonry arches and public rooftop gardens in striking curved white rib cages. Next key projects are already on their ways in Brisbane and Tokyo; an audacious design of residential building with 118m waterfall is an attempt to cool down the sub-tropical Queensland’s environment. At the heart of Shibuya’s new “stream” district in Tokyo, timber-layered gallery and studio building is designed for a new home to an American IT company, due completion in April 2020.

Koichi Takada Architects has completed six interior spaces in the National Museum of Qatar,Doha. The museum was recently nominated as one of the worlds 100 greatest places of 2019 published by TIME Magazine.

For more information, please visit WISH Magazine June 2018

‘I Do Push’: Koichi Takada On Rules And Criticism

The Urban Developer

18 October 2019

Dinah Lewis Boucher


Koichi Takada talks to journalist Dinah Lewis Boucher ahead of his talk at URBANITY 2019

Keynote speaker: Koichi Takada
The Humanising of Architecture: Inside the nature-inspired mind of architectural prodigy Koichi Takada
Thursday 24 October
Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane


Architect Koichi Takada is five minutes late when The Urban Developer catches up with him, delayed by news he has just picked up a new project—a commercial development with an American IT giant he won’t yet disclose.

The Sydney firm,… Read more

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GQ Australia

20 September 2019

Partnership with Glenfiddich





When architect Koichi Takada took to designing Sydney’s‘’ building for the Crown group, he wanted it to feel like part of a landscape, just like Sydney’s undulating topography. The shape was designed to respond to the sunlight, to create a relationship with the surrounding buildings, and to really open the vista for the people who live around it. Yet with a total of 20 stories, 325 apartments, 75 boutique hotel rooms, and 30+ retail and F&B outlets,… Read more

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Koichi Takada, the architect who invites nature into Australian cities

Good Weekend

The Sydney Morning Herald

31 August 2019

by Benjamin Law


The Tokyo-born architect, 47, is responsible for some of Sydney’s most recognisable new buildings, including Infinity at Green Square and, in the CBD, Arc – known for its arched facade made from 300,000 bricks.


Did you grow up with any religion?
In Japan, we have Shinto – worshipping nature, if you like. It’s why we have shrines in the landscape, why we climb mountains and visit shrines on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We also worship Japanese gods through matsuri [festivals]. It becomes part… Read more

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Koichi Takada: The natural shift into biometric architecture

The Japan Times

16 June 2019

by Juliette Olah


Koichi Takada’s career began with a river. The Tokyo-born architect grew up in the 1970s, living a stone’s throw from the scenic banks of the Tama River in the west of the capital. Takada spent his youth enjoying nature, catching shellfish or koi and releasing them back into the river.

However, the formidable grip of postwar urbanization was palpable in the city. As a child, Takada observed as skyscrapers, train stations and modern infrastructure emerged against the backdrop of the placid rice fields and water systems near his home.

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WISH Magazine, the Australian Newspaper Features Koichi Takada in Jun. Issue

WISH Magazine, the Australian Newspaper

June issue, 2018

Story Milanda Rout; Portrait Nic Walker


You may not have heard of Koichi Takada but you will soon enough, because the Japanese-born Australian-based architect is about to start changing the skylines of Sydney, Brisbane, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Mexico City. Eight of his projects will be completed in the next 18 months and you won’t be able to miss them. One is a $525 million futuristic apartment/retail structure called Infinity, shaped like a giant loop; another is Arc, a 22-storey building with public rooftop gardens covered in striking curved white ribcages.… Read more

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