Our clients care about their clients
Issue 66, August 2016
How is design responding to the rising complexity of ‘customer care’ environments?
The arrival of online shopping had retailers scared for a moment there. And so they should have been. Why would customers ever want to step foot in a shop again if they can get it quicker, cheaper and with minimum fuss from the comfort of their own home? But the internet can’t offer real world experience and retailers were quick to realise this; upping their game with fitouts that provided engaging customer-experience environments. The designer’s role in this exchange is continuously… Read more
Beach homes ride wave of popularity
23 July 2016
Beach homes ride wave of popularity
The longing for that laidback lifestyle, together with a finite amount of land, has created huge demand for new apartments by the sea.
Nowhere in the Sydney property market has there been more gentrification than in its prime beach side areas.
“Everyone loves a view, as well as being able to live in a seaside location,” says Michael Fox, managing director of CostaFox which is developing the $43-million Bower, six luxury homes designed by Koichi Takada on the waterfront at Manly.
“We’ve had an… Read more
New apartment price record set in Manly at $33,807 a square metre
July 20 2016
Sydney real estate price records have tumbled again after a brand new apartment in Manly in Sydney’s northern beaches sold for $9.5 million.
The 281sq m three-bedroom apartment with sweeping Pacific Ocean views at developer CostaFox’s first project at Bower Street fetched a record $33,807 a square metre – the highest price paid for the suburb.
It was acquired by a private local buyer.
The previous Manly record was set in 2008 at $30,000 a square metre for the $12.2 million sale of an apartment at 133 North Steyne Road, Manly.
Although… Read more
Koichi Takada and Mim Design’s new Sydney apartments sell for record price
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
July 21 2016
A new luxurious Sydney apartment has broken a sale price record and, according to the project’s interior designer, signals a change in the valuing of architectural detail in multi-residential projects.
The 281sqm three-bedroom apartment at Bower Street, Manly was designed by Koichi Takada with interiors by Mim Design and sold for $9.5 million, the highest price paid for the suburb.
At $33,807 per sqm, the apartment joins a growing stock of luxurious, high-end apartments breaking sale price records across Sydney. And according to Miriam Fanning, director of Mim Design, the… Read more
V by Crown Group Claims Major Award at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2016-2017
THE URBAN DEVELOPER
July 8 2016
Crown Group Tower Claims Major Award
A Sydney-based property developer has been awarded an international property award for its resort-inspired residential building in Parramatta.
Crown Group’s much anticipated 590-apartment residential tower, V by Crown Group won the Five Star Award for Residential High Rise Architecture Australia at the 2016-2017 Asia Pacific Property Awards earlier this month.
Positioned in the heart of Parramatta, the stunning structure better known as Parramatta’s Vertical Village rises up on two V-shaped columns, each standing a striking three storeys tall; ensuring key elements of… Read more
Zetland In Focus: Five Projects Changing The Face Of South Sydney
THE URBAN DEVELOPER
June 20, 2016
The $13bn Green Square project is not only set to revitalise the industrial edge of Sydney’s inner south into a vibrant global village; it’s set to be one of the most significant urban transformation programs under construction in Australia.
In this weeks The Urban Developer, Infinity by Crown Group is placed amongst the top five residential developments set to propel demand for the highly anticipated Green Square region.
Infinity by Crown Group
This landmark development within the new Green Square Town Centre is coming soon.
With selections ranging from studio to three-bedrooms including… Read more
Koichi Takada discusses the “renaissance of new architecture in Sydney” as mixed-use symbolises the city of tomorrow
Issue 65, June 2016
Mixed-use symbolises the city of tomorrow and architect KOICHI TAKADA’s designs presage a vertical village approach to CBD living that is already taking root in Sydney.
As I write, Westfield Corporation has announced it will build residential apartments above its new shopping malls in the US – a clear indication that mixed-use is where it’s at. As one architect said to me recently: “There is no more single-purpose spec office being done – it is all mixed-use.”
Mixed-use – the co-location of residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and more or less any amenity… Read more
COLLECT Magazine captures Koichi Takada in conversation
Japanese-born, and educated both in New York and in London where he worked under Rem Koolhaas, the Australian-based interior architect Koichi Takada takes nature as his inspiration, and to infinitely modern effect.
The word “luxury”, to Koichi Takada, means something far from the idea of artificial, over-stylised and polished but rather the opposite: let the rawness of nature come forth to engage the senses in a richer sort of beauty that is expressed through colour, texture and quality. The result is design environments that create a sense of retreat, similar to the effect… Read more
Issue 31, April 2016
Sydney’s most prestigious residential developments are well under construction, their architect KOICHI TAKADA has experienced both living and designing with a minimalist approach. Size doesn’t limit us, he suggests, but instead encourages us to enliven the space.
It’s a minimal life
We are surrounded with the overwhelming amount of things today, which reflect our busy lifestyles. Many of these things are also the products of ‘fast’ living. More emphasis is given to the efficiency of mass production and consumerism, looking towards quantity as opposed to the uniqueness and quality of craftsmanship.… Read more
EAST VILLAGE Urban Marketplace
bob International Magazine of Space Design
Issue 141, April 2016
EAST VILLAGE URBAN MARKETPLACE
East Village introduces a unique experience by creating an urban marketplace under a forest canopy. With a sustainable approach at the heart of the vision, Designers designed to let nature in – to express an organic beauty using raw colour, texture, honest materiality and engaging their senses. ‘Forests’ is a theme of East Village interior design that builds on the architectural concept of hybrid mix-use residential living in a park. It seels to draw the landscape of the park inside the built form to create… Read more