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Koichi Takada Unveils World’s Most Dense Vertical Gardens


September 9th 2020

by Christele Harrouk


Urban Forest, a 30-story mixed-use residential high-rise is the latest development designed by Koichi Takada Architects. Located in South Brisbane, Australia, the building features one of the world’s most densely-forested vertical gardens, going beyond regular green buildings norms and achieving “300% site cover with living greenery, featuring 1000 plus trees and more than 20,000 plants selected from 259 native species”. Increasing biodiversity and reducing the ecological footprint, the structure highlights another stage in the evolution of the architectural vertical garden.

Submitted for planning approval, the Urban Forest project is part of a new global movement of Vertical planting… Read more

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Getting ahead of the curve


05 September  2020

Elicia Murray

Architect Koichi Takada describes the view from a curvaceous new apartment building on the lower north shore as “like living inside a picture-perfect postcard”.
“You have Bradfield Park in front of you and the iconic engineering masterpiece of the Harbour Bridge,” Takada says. “To the side, there are glimpses of the Sydney Opera House and, of course, the harbour.”

Aqualuna Milsons Point from developer Zone Q Investments is a collection of 63 apartments in an eight-storey building inspired by the organic lines of the harbour. Takada, one of Australia’s most in-demand architects, is… Read more

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Koichi Takada Architects unveils ‘Urban Forest’ high-rise planned for Brisbane


03 September 2020

Lynne Myers


Koichi takada architects has shared a first look of their latest project – a new mixed-use residential tower planned for the cultural precinct of South Brisbane, Australia. designed with the ambition of being the world’s greenest residential building, the ‘urban forest’ project features a host of sustainable design strategies alongside a densely-forested vertical garden.

Designed for Aria Property Group, the program of the 30-story building includes 382 apartments, a two-story rooftop with garden and residential amenities, and an open public park on the ground level. at… Read more

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Death of Architecture

INSIDE Magazine

Issue 110 – July / August 2020

Elisa Scarton


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

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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

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The dos and don’ts of custom joinery

Style Curator

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

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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

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Wood Works

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

Christele Harrouk
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

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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

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