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Renowned architects Kengo Kuma and Koichi Takada team up to design Waterloo’s newest landmark


12 October 2018


The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is one of the most celebrated designers of his generation, renowned for his visionary fusion of traditional Japanese style with game-changing technological innovation.

Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada has long admired the work of the man he refers to as “Kuma-san”.

“Kuma-san has a more human approach to design and architecture, which I connect to, as opposed to past masters who were more like gods; untouchable,” Takada says.

Now, for the first time, Kuma and Takada are working together, collaborating on a new mixed-use development coming to Waterloo.

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Kengo Kuma & Koichi Takada In Conversation at SCCI

Friday 19 October 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington


An informal and wide-ranging conversation between world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium) and leading Sydney-based new generation architect Koichi Takada.

Both architects aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in the urban environment and are currently collaborating on a landmark high-rise residential tower – described as a ‘vertical urban forest’ ­– in the inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

They discuss this and other of their key projects, influences, inspirations and visions for the future of architecture at the intimate SCCI Hub in Paddington.

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Koichi Takada’s Arc to redefine the Sydney CBD

Architecture & Design

17 Sep 2018


The Koichi Takada-designed Arc is now partially complete. The building’s ‘Skye Suites’ has now opened its doors to the public.

Skye Suites Sydney is the city’s first offering of boutique serviced apartments in the CBD, according to developer Crown Group. The 25-storey multi-residential tower was designed to combine architectural excellence and luxurious amenities while also enhancing the inner-city lifestyle.

“This is an exciting project for Sydney as Arc by Crown Group will be the first collection of serviced apartments to redefine the west corridor of the city – tapping into the business and… Read more

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Beyond The Comfort Zone With Koichi Takada

Boutique Developer

4th Edition 2018


When it comes to the design of Australia’s, and indeed the world’s, future cities, Tokyo born Koichi Takada has a strong opinion on what is worth fighting for.

There is a powerful duality in his approach. Whilst his motivation is fundamentally holistic in its intent, a penchant for pushing boundaries has seen him described as the “bad boy” of architecture.

He is a strong proponent for the democratization of common space through development, yet at the same time acutely commercial, designing developments such as Green Square’s titanic Infinity project that saw 4000 buyers register… Read more

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The Waterfront Retreat Won 2018 Excellence in Housing Awards

2018 Excellence in Housing Awards


Koichi Takada Architects and J Group Projects have won ‘Housing – $6 million and over’ category at 2018 Excellence in Housing Awards for the housing project ‘The Waterfront Retreat’ in Newport.

The Waterfront Retreat is the epitome of an Australian dream home, adorned with a private beach, garden, and open-plan living.

Responding to the clients’ brief – a house offering sanctuary and entertainment, the Waterfront Retreat is designed to allow nature to lead, offering maximum seclusion and connection to its surrounds and outlook.

Judges of the Excellence Awards commented that “The site was challenged… Read more

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Crown Group’s Mastery Creates a New Sydney Community

The Urban Developer

05 Sep 2018


Leading Australian property developer Crown Group has recently announced its latest development “Mastery by Crown Group”.

Mastery by Crown Group takes Sydney into new territory by combining the visions of three industry leaders: Crown Group chairman and chief executive Iwan Sunito, world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and award-winning Sydney architect Koichi Takada.

The five-building development is the first collaboration of its kind for the harbor city.

Kengo Kuma is the master behind the eye-catching focal point of the development – an innovative 19-story tower featuring a striking plant-filled, green exterior designed to emulate… Read more

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The Waterfront Retreat is Featured on The Cover Story of DECOR Magazine Sept. Issue 2018

Brazil Magazine DECOR

Sept. issue 2018


We are so excited to announce the Waterfront Retreat designed by Koichi Takada Architects is featured on the cover story of Brazil magazine DECOR Sept. issue 2018.



Luxuosa e sofisticada, residência localizada no litoral australiano abraça e destaca a natureza

Belíssimas praias servem como plano de fundo para prédios sofisticados e ícones da arquitetura moderna, como o Opera House, em Sydney. Confundida muitas vezes com a capital do país, a cidade mais populosa da Austrália tem como característica principal a cultura plural, e a vasta diversidade de belezas naturais.… Read more

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Developer Lodges Application for 20-Storey Bondi Junction Tower

The Urban Developer

29 August, 2018


Sydney-based developer Coonara Developments has lodged plans with Waverley City Council for a $60 million mixed-use development in Bondi Junction.

The 2,070sq m site, located at 47-55 Grafton Street, is currently occupied by an eight-storey building which would be subject to demolition pending council approval.

The proposed 21-storey, designed by architecture firm Koichi Takada, will include a 6-storey podium to house double height retail tenancies and the residential lobby.

The residential building will consist of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartment types totalling 106 dwellings, as well as 116 car parking spaces and… Read more

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100km Oxfam Walk

At Koichi Takada Architects we not only encourage our team to push boundaries in architecture but also encourage them to challenge themselves both physically and mentally outside the office as well. Over the past couple of months, we have sponsored a few of our team members and have been raising awareness for Oxfam and training for the Sydney Oxfam 100km Trailwalk 2018. Last week Friday, a couple of our bravest architects completed the 100km walk in 37hours and 47 minutes.

We conducted a short interview with Alan and Laura, to understand their motives and experiences behind this journey:

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World’s Tallest Man-Made Waterfall Wins Approval in Brisbane

The Urban Developer
August 23, 2018

Brisbane developer Aria Property Group has been green-lit for its residential development boasting the world’s tallest man-made water fall in the latest addition set to transform Brisbane’s urban skyline.

The striking 118-metre-high “water wall” will span the entire height of the building and descend from the building’s rooftop 50-metre infinity edge lap pool.

The Koichi Takada-designed building, located on Hope Street South Brisbane, will feature 216 residential apartments.

Aria lodged development plans for the $150 million project in April 2017.

Fond of the South Brisbane area, the property group are also developing a… Read more

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