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
In conversation with… Koichi Takada
14 June 2017
The architect of the Infinity building at Sydney’s controversial Green Square development, Koichi Takada is fascinated by forms found in nature.
Koichi, when I last visited your studio three years ago, you were six or seven people. Today your studio is forty-strong, even more. How has this rapid growth affected you?
We kept winning design competitions and so I had to grow the practice in order to deliver to the standard we strive to attain. We’d been doing a lot of interior architecture and becoming quite well known for it, but… Read more
9-10 June 2017
The one-time heart of Sydney’s rag trade is back in fashion – this time as a desirable address for luxury apartments. Calibre from developer Icon Oceania is the latest high-end project in Surry Hills, hot on the heels of The Surry and Golf House. Architect Koichi Takada says the interiors of the 18-apartment project draw inspiration from the creative industries, past and present, which have called this part of Sydney home.
“From the clothing industry of yesteryear to the craftsmen and artists that live and work here today, Surry Hills… Read more