Death of Architecture
Issue 110 – July / August 2020
Born in Japan, based in Sydney, architecture Koichi Takada has breen championing nature in the urban form for decades. Now, he says it’s essential to the industries survival.
“We try to sit on a bench and it says, ‘Please do not sit.’ Or, ‘Make sure you keep a 1.5-metre distance’. The rule completely destroys the idea that open spaces are the most idealistic way to connect architecture or any building to the public domain. I call it the death of architecture.”
Koichi Takada doesn’t have a flair for… Read more
Koichi Takada talks about how COVID-19 has changed how we design
Architecture & Design
24th July 2020
by Branko Miletic
Koichi Takada is a member of a new generation of architects that aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in the urban environment – an approach he developed after living in cities of high urbanisation: Tokyo, New York, and London.
In this interview, Takada talks about his latest projects, why bringing the ‘outside-in’ is the new black, and how COVID-19 has altered human activity for god and what this means for architects and designers both here and abroad.
Click here, link to the broadcast interview.… Read more
The dos and don’ts of custom joinery
21st July 2020
Custom joinery gives you the ability to tailor design to suit your personality, lifestyle, and space, and is an investment that can completely transform and add value to space — both aesthetically and functionally.
In this article, Jessica Ball, Senior Interior Designer at Koichi Takada Architects shares her insights on the dos and don’ts of custom joinery.
“I’m passionate about the possibilities and benefits of custom joinery design. Whether it’s a custom kitchen, in-built bookshelf, or study area, custom joinery allows freedom to use existing space to its advantage. It allows greater freedom in creativity… Read more
By gum, that’s a big tree house
The Australian Business Review
4 July 2020
by Mackenzie Scott
A tree-covered apartment building planned for Brisbane is hoped to put the river city on the world map alongside some of the world’s greenest destinations.
Aria Property Group’s “The Urban Forest” is poised to become one of the `greenest residential buildings in the world in the most literal sense, with the entirety of the building covered with thousands of plants and more than 1000 established trees.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Koichi Takada, the 30-storey premium apartment tower planned for the growing South Brisbane lifestyle precinct will… Read more
published by BRAUN
The National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops has been published in the Wood Works by BRAUN Publishing.
“Located on a 140,000-square-meter site at the south end of Doha’s Corniche, the National Museum of Qatar is the first landmark visible to travelers arriving from the airport. The exterior of the National Museum of Qatar was designed by French architect and Pritzker prize winner, Jean Nouvel. The interior design by Koichi Takada Architects reflects the Qatari history, while the forms and materials used aim to respect and complement Jean Nouvel’s architecture. ”
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Koichi Takada Architects Reveals Latest Design for L.A.’s Skyline
20 June 2020
Koichi Takada has designed a 43-story mixed-use development, in downtown Los Angeles, inspired by “California’s natural beauty and iconic redwoods”. Hoping to create the healthiest place to live in L.A., the proposed building humanizes the concept of high-rise through the use of natural materials, vertical landscaping, engaging public elements, and creating a between artificial and natural environments.
Designed by Sydney-based boutique architecture firm Koichi Takada Architects in collaboration with MVE + Partners as executive architect, the $500M mixed-use high rise condominium and hotel tower is the latest project to be introduced to the… Read more
An example of “Aussie lifestyle” in the architectural ferment of Downtown LA
Interior Furniture Design Magazine
18th May 2020
1111 Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles, a mixed-use tower of 43 stories designed by Koichi Takada Architects, represents the first investment of Crown Group in the United States, a developer based in Sydney with a portfolio of projects in progress for a value of 5 billion dollars, in five cities on two continents. The project of a tower for residences, hotel and retail facilities, slated for completion in 2024, is the result of a joint venture between Crown Group, the Singapore-based firm Magnus Property Pte Ltd, and one of the leading Indonesian property developers, ASRI, the premium lifestyle… Read more
Nature-inspired housing enriches the landscape of our cities
24th May 2020
By Ellie Stathaki
From Tokyo to Sydney and Oslo, architect-led, boutique housing developments are changing the way we live and define the landscape of our cities, creating small-scale visions of modernity and expressing the zeitgeist in the multi-family residential realm
Enjoying architecture in an urban setting while staying at home is not just about a well-designed residential interior; it also expands to the views outside one’s window and the city beyond. And in the crowded environment of the global metropolis, where space is at a premium, this means balancing the need to house greater numbers of people with maintaining a high level of architectural… Read more
The Robb Interview: Architect Koichi Takada
21th May 2020
by Terry Christodoulou
The globally-renown, Australian-based architect on nature and the very real need to bend rules and rally against monotony.
Architect Koichi Takada has never taken the easy option.
Born in Tokyo, at 16 he held dreams of pursuing life as a fashion designer or an artist – aimed at realising a firm desire to live in Manhattan.
He eventually came to architecture – a combination of art and engineering – as a pathway to appease such wants and those of his parents.
It didn’t quite workout – his father offering an easy life and… Read more
Designers will be challenged to integrate to post-COVID-19 restrictions says Jessical Ball
Australian Design Review
21st May 2020
by Elisa Scarton
Our Senior Interior Designer, Jessica Ball, discusses the importance of incorporating nature in a post-COVID world and the challenges we designers face. Full interview below.
Designers will be challenged to “respond to” and “come up with” strategies that address and alleviate concerns about public safety and physical comfort post-COVID-19 according to interior architect Jessica Ball.
“The challenge will be creating that sense of distancing and encouraging people to spread out in an integrated and beautiful way.”
Interior architect Jessica Ball. Portrait supplied.
Speaking to ADR, Ball says the pandemic would make people… Read more