December 2019 – January 2020
Edited by Karen McCartney
Portrait by Alana Landsberry
The soaring imagination of this Sydney-based architect has seen him build a global reputation for his original, organic structures on a grand scale.
As I drive past the nearly completed Infinity apartment development by Koichi Takada Architects in Sydney’s Green Square, I notice how the scale and sweep of this aerodynamic structure in glass and metal set it distinctly apart, redefining the skyline. For one thing, it has an enormous void at its centre and the sinuous form is sculpted to bring daylight into… Read more
Japanese heritage within an Australian environment: LANDMARK by Lexus
06 November 2019
Infusing Lexus’ Japanese values of warmth and hospitality with Australia’s rich native landscapes comes LANDMARK at Lexus 2019 by Koichi Takada Architects. This premier design project reimagines the hospitality and cuisine experience at the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival.
It’s no easy feat creating a sanctuary within an enclosure known for over-the-top excessiveness. But this year LANDMARK at Lexus has done just that, with a highly refined approach for its pavilion in its second year on millionaire’s row, in the Birdcage precinct. Building on last year’s thinking, the approach was to create a new conversation… Read more
Unveiling Landmark by LEXUS – The Inaugural Premier Design Project
2019 Melbourne Cup LANDMARK by Lexus
31 October 2019
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Doha, Qatar What To Expect?
29 October 2019
by Cécilia Pelloux
Qatar and its capital Doha is an easy 6 hour direct flight from Paris with Qatar Airlines. The country-11 000 square kilometers and more than 2,6 million inhabitants-is located in the Persian gulf and shares its frontiers with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Qatar takes its prosperity from hydrocarbons and in particular gas-as it is the 4th global producer of natural gas after the USA, Russia and Iran. Doha where dust and sand meet the cyan of the Persian gulf seems improbable. For the last four decades, the city has been transformed by… Read more
An oasis of calm in the Birdcage madness
Australian Financial Review
25 October 2019
by Dan F. Stapleton
The unofficial theme of this year’s Birdcage seems to be Bigger, Bolder and Brasher. Each of the 11 brands represented in the invitation-only enclosure – Seppelt Wines, Mumm and Schweppes among them – is attempting to up the ante in some way.
High-end jeweller Kennedy is decking out its front-row marquee with millions of dollars worth of rare timepieces and casually installing a jazz band. Network 10, which has been gifted a significant slice of the front row as part of its new partnership deal, is building a fully… Read more
Why architecture can be a solution to climate change
23 October 2019
One of Australia’s most influential architects says his industry is at a critical point in the making of new buildings as they relate to climate change.
To the biggest annual gathering of the folk responsible for such a large portion of the public realm, the Sydney-based but globally-operative Koichi Takada will argue that because of the measurable impacts of climate change, the industry as a whole is at such a critical point “that we must now change our drive from one of commercialisation to mass greening”.
“And that will be… Read more
‘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
National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops
Premier Retail Magazine
ISSUE 3.1 September 2019
Koichi Takada Architects’ scope for the national museum of Qatar in Doha has completed after eight years in the making. The grand opening on Wednesday 28th March 2019 revealed the much anticipated and captivating designs by Koichi Takada Architects, including its museum shop.
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Koichi Takada Architects creat stunning cave-like gift shops using timber inside the National Museum of Qatar
TIMBER DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
June 2019 #43
The grand opening of the National Museum of Qatar in March earlier this year revealed the much-anticipated and captivating interior designed by Australian studio – Koichi Takada Architects – who are nearing the completion of their scope of work after almost 8 years in the making. The design studio has completed two gift shops inside Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar in Doha, featuring undulating wooden surfaces. The two cave-like gift shops are the first of a number of interiors spaces that Koichi Takada Architects has designed inside the new museum, along… Read more
ARC: Demonstrating careful consideration of its heritage surroundings
AA – Architecture Australia
Issue: Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Sept / Oct 2019
Project review: ARC
By Peter John Cantril
Page 78 – 84
Demonstrating careful consideration of its heritage surrounds and with a mix of uses throughout, this finely detailed skyscraper advances the social culture.
The attractions of city centres, including their proximity to high-value jobs and a vibrant social culture, continue to draw people closer together. Simultaneously, our current climate emergency requires us to reduce emissions and waste.
Choosing to live in an apartment rather than a house can lessen our environmental impact by… Read more