Kengo Kuma, Koichi Takada to design ‘vertical urban forest’ for Sydney’s Waterloo
4 April 2018
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Sydney-based Koichi Takada Architects’ verdant, terraced design has won a competition for a 19-storey residential tower in Sydney’s Waterloo.
The building will be the tallest of five buildings on a site at 48 O’Dea Avenue, which will collectively be known as W48.
Kuma said, “Our intention is to give a warm and a natural atmosphere to the community with unique design strategies.
“The upper volume of the tower [will] seamlessly transform into the lower part of the stepped terraces in order to create… Read more
Crown Group Continues Sydney Development Roll Out with Waterloo Application
THE URBAN DEVELOPER
27 March 2018
Developer Crown Group are expanding on their multi-billion dollar development pipeline with the submission of a new mixed-use building within Sydney’s $13 billion Green Square renewal.
Crown Group’s submission to The City of Sydney follows recent news of their $250 million Clarence Street tower topping out, which is set for completion in mid-2018.
Crown’s proposed development — which has an expected cost of $41.3 million — is an eight-storey building at 44-48 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo and features 95 residential apartments. The residential mix has been designed to cater for a wide range of… Read more
Ahead of the curve
31 March 2018
Within four hours of the doors to the display suite opening at the launch of Arc by Crown Group in late 2014, $100 million worth of apartments in the inner-city tower had been sold. By the end of the day, that had topped $170 million. Later stages were also enthusiastically received.
A collection of apartments in the 25-storey Koichi Takada-designed residential building a few blocks south of Wynyard station launched in February. Arc by Crown Group’s Signature Collection comprises 12 residences initially earmarked as serviced apartments. Some of the one-bed… Read more
Crown Group’s $250m Clarence Street Residential Tower Tops Out
THE URBAN DEVELOPER
11 March 2018
Iwan Sunito’s Crown Group has announced that its 25-storey, “Arc” residential tower has topped out in Sydney’s CBD.
The “Manhattan-style” building now rises 22-storeys and features 220 apartments – including 42 serviced apartments – and ground floor retail outlets activated by a through-site link for public amenity.
Lower levels include an eight-story cathedral-like atrium rising 20 metres above street level over a new public laneway between Kent and Clarence streets, joining historic Skittle Lane.
Koichi Takada Architects designed the building to feature heritage-inspired street level brick arches transitioning to… Read more
By Chris Pearson
To balance our her busy public profile, the Australian model and TV presenter wanted the house she shared with her husband, Jake, to provide a haven that is both hidden from the world and connected to nature.
With the water lapping on the beach below and birdsong in the eucalyptus and angophoras above, the Sydney retreat of model and TV presenter Jennifer Hawkins is a world away from the red carpet frenzy. Here the one-time Miss Universe swaps heels for sneakers and basks in her own made-to-measure universe of calm.… Read more
Apartment of the Week
18-19 AUGUST 2017
By Lissa Christopher
Reach for the Skye
Having access to the rooftop swimming pool of Crown’s Skye development would be reason enough to add this gem of a penthouse to your property portfolio.
It is a mesmerising strip of turquoise perched 21 storeys above North Sydney, with views that seem to stretch east about as far as Tierra del Fuego. In summer, you could easily idle in the water – forearms resting on the infinity edge, gazing out over the world – until you dissolved. Or at least… Read more
Design Legacy: Koichi Takada
AUSTRALIAN DESIGN REVIEW
4 AUGUST 2017
With a clearly defined aesthetic and philosophical stance, Koichi Takada’s career has enjoyed a sharp trajectory.
Having studied and graduated from the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London, Takada’s particular talent has always been in good hands. Indeed, his thesis was under the guidance of Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi, together with Rem Koolhaas.
Following graduation Takada returned to Tokyo, to work with the extraordinary Atsushi Kitagawara Architects (Kitagawara’s oeuvre includes the Hotel, Keith Haring Collection Art Museum and Fog Forest in Showa Emperor’s… Read more
Buyer pays $2.65 million for new two-bedroom Surry Hills unit
23 JUNE 2017
A Surry Hills two-bedroom unit has sold for a massive $2.65 million this morning at the off-the-plan launch of a new development called Calibre.
Buyers have been flocking into CBRE agent Ben Stewart’s launch in Cooper St Saturday morning and by 10am he had sold 13 of the 18 units available.
The purchase of the two-bedroom 90 sqm unit, which came with a 20 sqm north-facing balcony, was a woman who lived locally.
“But we’re even getting older owner-occupier buyers coming from places like Mosman,” Mr Stewart said.
Surry Hills is… Read more
North Sydney penthouse offers sky-high luxury
19 JUNE 2017
With 180-degree sky-high panoramas, this North Sydney penthouse is the epitome of luxury living.
Pretty dreamy…what a view!
Sprawled across two levels, the appropriately named Skye residence is on the 20th floor, and is one of only two of its kind in the complex.
Discover a state-of-the-art design by renowned architects Koichi Takada, and a premium build by The Crown Group.
Unique walls of glass wrap around the 168sq m, three-bedroom apartment, as open-plan settings showcase the breath taking harbour views beyond.
Upon entry, the property’s dramatic panoramas create an instant sense… Read more
Architecture – Innovation not Regulation
URBAN IDEAS – 21 LEADING ARCHITECTS
19 June 2017
The Urban Taskforce has many architects as associate members and we acknowledge their important role in creating great buildings. We also believe that too often the innovation and creativity that comes with architects is often curtailed by too much regulation, hence the heading for our latest Urban Ideas publication ARCHITECTURE – INNOVATION NOT REGULATION.
Click on the link to view the digital publication and the profiles of these 21 leading architects.
This was originally published in Urban Taskforce newsletter June 2017.… Read more