Skyscraper with condos and a hotel proposed for downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times
10th April 2020
by Roger Vincent
An Australian developer is pushing ahead with new plans for a $500-million skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles that would house both condominiums and a hotel.
Crown Group has been planning to develop property it owns at Hill and 11th streets since 2018 but recently reworked its proposal to include a trendy hotel in a newly designed 43-story tower meant to evoke a California redwood tree.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slammed residential sales, shuttered many hotels and made construction more challenging, Crown Group is betting that demand for its building will… Read more
Arquitectura Viva features National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops
February 2020 No. 221 issue
The interior design of the National Museum of Qatar in Doha sought first of all to resonate with the image of a desert rose that the French architect Jean Nouvel had chosen to give the building, and secondly to ensure an intelligible reading of the intricate journey through the country’s history that the institution offers.
This two-pronged approach involved carrying out a series of actions, the most stunning and technically sophisticated among which is in the museum gift shops, whose sinuous geometries bring to mind one of Qatar’s most noteworthy natural landmarks,… Read more
Koichi Takada’s Restaurant at the National Museum of Qatar
Architecture & Design
17th March 2020
Situated within the National Museum of Qatar, Jiwan is the latest dining destination to open its doors in Qatar’s capital of Doha. With interior designs by Koichi Takada Architects and a contemporary Qatari menu.
Jiwan is the Qatari word for the ‘perfect pearl’, rose-tinted white, completely round with a luster so pure that it comes alive with radiance.
Every element of the restaurant’s design takes inspiration from the Qatari Bedouin heritage and rich traditions linked to activities by the sea – fishing, pearl diving and old wooden sailing dhows. The colours and textures… Read more
National Museum of Qatar’s gift shops win international awards
1st March 2019
The National Museum of Qatar’s (NMoQ) gift shops won four international awards in various categories, including retail and interior design in 2019.
In the United States, the gift shops were recognised as the Interior Design 2019 Best of Year Award winner for Mixed Retail and the winners of the Architecture MasterPrizeTM (AMP) Award for the Retail category.
In the United Kingdom, the gift shops won the 2019 World Interiors News (WIN) Awards in the Independent Shops or Small Chains category.
The gift shops also received the Gold Winner title by the Driven x Design… Read more
Architect Koichi Takada teams with top French chef Alain Ducasse to design restaurant in the National Museum of Qatar
Commercial Real Estate
24th February 2019
by Sue Williams
A whole galaxy of stars aligned when 21 Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse designed a restaurant with top Australian architect Koichi Takada for a new museum that has already won a host of awards and has just been nominated for several more.
“It’s been a wonderful end to an incredible 10-year journey,” said Mr Takada, who was first hired to design the interiors of the National Museum of Qatar, in Doha, in 2010 by the reigning royal family.
Mr Takada took inspiration for the design of the interiors of the restaurant –… Read more
On A Global Scale
January/February Issue 2020
As the world globalizes, opportunities for architects to access international markets to increase. It is apparent that Australian architects are highly valued for their agility in fast-changing industry conditions, their ability to respond to the local context and their focus on high-quality, sustainable design, Australians are also in demand in educational institutions overseas and are volunteering their time and skills for humanitarian work.
For the competed article, please visit Architecture Australian January/February Issue 2020… Read more
ARC is Eligible for the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2020 Awards
30 January 2020
ArchDaily has launched the 11th edition of its Building of the Year Awards and Arc is eligible for nomination.
Throughout the following 2 week nomination period, ArchDaily’s readers will filter over 4,000 projects down to just a handful of stand-out buildings in 15 categories.
How does voting during the nomination period for the Building of the Year work? It’s easy! Anyone can register on the My ArchDaily platform to select what they think are the best buildings. Since every user can only vote for one building in each category, make sure you let your friends, clients and… Read more
National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops Is One of Dezeen’s Top 10 Shops of 2019
14 December 2019
by Natasha Levy
National Museum of Qatar gift shop, Qatar, by Koichi Takada
A staggering 40,000 pieces of wood were used to form the undulating surfaces of the National Museum of Qatar’s gift shop.
Designed in reference to the Dahl Al Misfir cavern, the shop’s soaring walls stagger downwards to form stalagmite-like columns with in-built display shelves. Light trickles in from the outdoors through skylights punctuated in the ceiling.
For the completed article, please visit Dezeen.… Read more
Koichi Takada Architects’ Arc Won CTBUH 2020 Award of Excellence
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
5 December 2019
Edited by Branko Miletic
Koichi Takada Architects’ Sydney-based design ‘Arc by Crown Group’ has just won the ‘Award of Excellence ’ for the CTBUH 2020 Best Tall Building – under 100m category.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the Award of Excellence Winners for the CTBUH 2020 Awards Program in Chicago last night Sydney time. The winning projects represent the very best tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies, and innovations emerging recently in cities around the world.
View the Award of Excellence Winners’ list, please visit tallinnovation.com
For the completed… Read more
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