Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


Refreshing The Sites, Calibre is One of The Sydney Apartment Buildings with Wow-factor


5 November 2018


Back in Surry Hills, Koichi Takada’s upcoming Calibre has also impressed Milligan. With an undulating glass and timber-screened façade, the eight-storey building will house 18 apartments.

“It’s a stunning building and a clear case of an architecturally led project with little to no compromise along the way,” he says.

“It holds the streetscape and it does what good architecture should: it makes you stop and admire.”


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The New Jewel in Sydney, Skye Suites Sydney designed by Koichi Takada Architects

Financial Review

22 October 2018


Skye Suites Sydney occupies nine floors of Arc, a striking new 25-storey highrise designed by the Tokyo-born Sydney architect Koichi Takada.

At street level, Arc presents as a handsome 19th-century warehouse, its red-brick columns holding up elegant arches. Twin towers above are topped with arched ribs that look from a distance like white armadillo shells.

A constantly shifting 12-metre light sculpture by the Melbourne-based studio Ramus Illumination floats above an airy arcade running through the development from Clarence to Kent streets and bisected by the cobblestoned Skittle Lane.

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Legendary Japanese Architect behind New ‘Stacked Forest’ in Sydney


23 October 2018


Japanese design has long fascinated style-watchers around the world and Australia is no exception.

From pure simplicity to deep philosophies, the tenets of Japanese design are emulated widely across the architecture.

Sydney will soon welcome it’s very own slice of high-rise Japanese architecture with Mastery, a five-building development co-designed by celebrated architects Kengo Kumo and Koichi Takada.

Kumo is arguably Japan’s most prominent architect, while Sydney-based Takada has won a slew of awards for his innovative designs in Australia.

The pair collaborated to create the tallest of the five towers at Mastery – a 20-storey ‘stacked forest’ with… Read more

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Koichi Takada Architects’ Infinity Nears Completion in Sydney’s Green Square


18 October 2018


‘Infinity’ by Crown group, the so-called ‘landscape tower’ designed by Koichi Takada Architects, is nearing completion after five years in the making. the practice won the project in 2014 through the city of Sydney design excellence competition, during which the team has overcome a series of design and construction challenges to deliver a stand-out piece of architecture. as the scaffolding is slowly being removed, the structure is just beginning its unveiling, with an expected completion in early 2019.

A lot of people underestimate the shape of infinity,’ says Koichi Takada. ‘we’re not doing it because we think it looks cool, it was… Read more

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Renowned architects Kengo Kuma and Koichi Takada team up to design Waterloo’s newest landmark


12 October 2018


The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is one of the most celebrated designers of his generation, renowned for his visionary fusion of traditional Japanese style with game-changing technological innovation.

Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada has long admired the work of the man he refers to as “Kuma-san”.

“Kuma-san has a more human approach to design and architecture, which I connect to, as opposed to past masters who were more like gods; untouchable,” Takada says.

Now, for the first time, Kuma and Takada are working together, collaborating on a new mixed-use development coming to Waterloo.

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Kengo Kuma & Koichi Takada In Conversation at SCCI

Friday 19 October 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


An informal and wide-ranging conversation between world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium) and leading Sydney-based new generation architect Koichi Takada.

Both architects aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in the urban environment and are currently collaborating on a landmark high-rise residential tower – described as a ‘vertical urban forest’ ­– in the inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

They discuss this and other of their key projects, influences, inspirations and visions for the future of architecture at the intimate SCCI Hub in Paddington.

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Koichi Takada’s Arc to redefine the Sydney CBD

Architecture & Design

17 Sep 2018


The Koichi Takada-designed Arc is now partially complete. The building’s ‘Skye Suites’ has now opened its doors to the public.

Skye Suites Sydney is the city’s first offering of boutique serviced apartments in the CBD, according to developer Crown Group. The 25-storey multi-residential tower was designed to combine architectural excellence and luxurious amenities while also enhancing the inner-city lifestyle.

“This is an exciting project for Sydney as Arc by Crown Group will be the first collection of serviced apartments to redefine the west corridor of the city – tapping into the business and… Read more

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Beyond The Comfort Zone With Koichi Takada

Boutique Developer

4th Edition 2018


When it comes to the design of Australia’s, and indeed the world’s, future cities, Tokyo born Koichi Takada has a strong opinion on what is worth fighting for.

There is a powerful duality in his approach. Whilst his motivation is fundamentally holistic in its intent, a penchant for pushing boundaries has seen him described as the “bad boy” of architecture.

He is a strong proponent for the democratization of common space through development, yet at the same time acutely commercial, designing developments such as Green Square’s titanic Infinity project that saw 4000 buyers register… Read more

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The Waterfront Retreat Won 2018 Excellence in Housing Awards

2018 Excellence in Housing Awards


Koichi Takada Architects and J Group Projects have won ‘Housing – $6 million and over’ category at 2018 Excellence in Housing Awards for the housing project ‘The Waterfront Retreat’ in Newport.

The Waterfront Retreat is the epitome of an Australian dream home, adorned with a private beach, garden, and open-plan living.

Responding to the clients’ brief – a house offering sanctuary and entertainment, the Waterfront Retreat is designed to allow nature to lead, offering maximum seclusion and connection to its surrounds and outlook.

Judges of the Excellence Awards commented that “The site was challenged… Read more

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Crown Group’s Mastery Creates a New Sydney Community

The Urban Developer

05 Sep 2018


Leading Australian property developer Crown Group has recently announced its latest development “Mastery by Crown Group”.

Mastery by Crown Group takes Sydney into new territory by combining the visions of three industry leaders: Crown Group chairman and chief executive Iwan Sunito, world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and award-winning Sydney architect Koichi Takada.

The five-building development is the first collaboration of its kind for the harbor city.

Kengo Kuma is the master behind the eye-catching focal point of the development – an innovative 19-story tower featuring a striking plant-filled, green exterior designed to emulate… Read more

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