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
Pacific Bondi Beach 2017 Mixed Use Development of the Year
2017 Innovations Excellence Awards
We are delighted to announce that PACIFIC Bondi Beach has been awarded “2017 mixed used development of the year”, by the Property Council of Australia.
To read more on this project, please click here.… Read more
2017 NSW Architecture Awards Shortlist
May 26 2017
The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the shortlist for the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards.
From a record field of more than 200 entries, 17 jurors carried out an extensive schedule of site visits and presentations across 12 categories, selecting 88 projects for this year’s shortlist.
Of these 88 projects, both Skye by Crown Group and Zushi Barangaroo were shortlisted!
Skye by Crown Group – Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Zushi Barangaroo – Interior Architecture
NSW chapter president Andrew Nimmo said this year’s shortlist “displays the important and varied contributions architects make to our… Read more
Aqualuna In The Zone With Sydney Debut
Nestled in Milsons Point is a luxury development which represented Zone Q Investment’s first foray into the Sydney residential property market.
‘Aqualuna’ is a nine story, 63 apartment building which offers a harbourside location that provides a serene and tranquil escape from city living, while still allowing residents easy access to nearby amenities. The harbour foreshore, Kirribilli markets, Luna Park, North Sydney Olympic Pool and Sails restaurant are all within walking distance.
Aqualuna features a communal residence terrace and specialist lighting by Electrolight that was installed with the intention of making Aqualuna feel like a ‘beacon’ in Milsons Point, setting… Read more
15 May 2017
Designer Profile: Koichi Takada
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 Keyforest, Nakamura… Read more
Buyers spend about $84 million at Aqualuna launch weekend
12 May 2017
In a matter of hours, eager buyers have snapped up over half the apartments available at the new Milsons Point development, Aqualuna.
Buyers exchanged contracts worth around $84 million, with 35 out of the 63 apartments sold over two days at the launch.
Colliers International Director of Residential Project Marketing, Selda MacDonald said the strong buyer interest reflects the high buyer demand for Milsons Point luxury property.
“There is a shortage of premium, boutique apartments in the market,” Ms MacDonald said.
“Buyers have been attracted to Aqualuna because it is so… Read more
New Koichi Takada Brisbane tower features facade-length waterfall
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
18 April 2017
Brisbane-based Aria Property Group has unveiled the winning design of their proposed residential tower project in South Brisbane. Koichi Takada’s waterfall inspired design was the winner of the competition that saw four architectural firms (Koichi Takada, Elenberg Fraser, Rothelowman and Woods Marsh) vying for the opportunity to design the tower project.
Aria has submitted a new development application for the striking 33-storey residential tower located at 77 Hope Street, South Brisbane.
The winning design by Koichi Takada Architects fosters all elements of Brisbane City Council’s ‘Buildings that Breathe’ guidelines. Featuring a… Read more
Aqualuna bridges a boutique gap
7-8 April 2017
Tourist favourite. Harbourside gem. Gateway to the north shore. Milsons Point is many things, but brand-spanking new apartment buildings are not usually on its CV.
That’s what makes Aqualuna such a rarity. The eight-storey luxury building from developer Zone Q with architecture and interiors by Koichi Takada is one of only a handful of multi-residential buildings to be built in the suburb over the past few years.
Colliers International residential project marketing director Selda MacDonald says there is shortage of premium, boutique apartments on the lower north shore.
“Aqualuna is an… Read more