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Crown brings nature to heart of LA

The Australian

16 Feb 2019

Ben Wilmont

When the time came for Sydney’s Crown Group to take the big development leap into the US, there was little question who business founder Iwan Sunito would call upon — celebrated Japanese Australian architect Koichi Takada.

The pair have created architec-turally unique buildings around Australia and their vision offshore is no different.
Their planned Sky Trees tower sporting an undulating timber canopy referencing Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe’s “flying skirt” moment, in Los Angeles, is designed to resonate with the city’s celebrated street culture.

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Sky Trees tower proposed for Los Angeles takes cues from redwoods and Marilyn Monroe


15 February

Bridget Cogley


Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled a slatted timber tower for Los Angeles, featuring a splayed bottom that draws on Marilyn Monroe’s “flying skirt” moment.

Koichi Takada Architects has proposed the mixed-use Sky Trees development for 1111 South Hill Street in Downtown LA. It comprises two towers – one planned to reach 70 storeys and the other about half as tall.

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70-Story Tower Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Flying Skirt’ Planned for Downtown LA

Arch Daily

14 February 2019

Eric Baldwin

A new mixed-use tower by Sydney-based practice Koichi Takada Architects has been designed for downtown Los Angeles. With the potential to rise as high as 70 stories, the project was inspired by California’s redwood trees and Marilyn Monroe’s iconic wind-swept skirt. Dubbed Sky Trees, the project will include clustered towers clad in timber mullions that transformed into free-flowing wooden awnings at the base of the project.

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Crown Group unveils Marilyn Munroe inspired LA skyscraper

The Urban Developer

13 Feb 2019

Sydney-based developer Crown Group has unveiled designs for a 63-storey residential tower in downtown Los Angeles.

The 528 apartment building, located at 1111 South Hill Street, will comprise 52,000sq m of gross floor area as well as 500 square metre of retail.
If realised, the building, dubbed Sky Trees, would be one of the tallest buildings in Los Angeles, behind the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center and US Bank Tower.

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70-story tower inspired by California redwoods slated for Downtown Los Angeles

The Architects Newspaper

11 Feb 2019

Antonio Pacheco

A new mixed-use tower slated for a growing section of Downtown Los Angeles designed by Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects could rise as high as 70 stories, new renderings reveal.

New renderings for the so-called Sky Trees LA project showcase a grouping of thin, rounded towers of various heights capped by arched profiles and tree-lined rooftop terraces. Inspired by California’s redwood trees, the clustered towers will come wrapped in natural materials, including timber mullions.

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The most anticipated projects of 2019 from five continents

11 Feb 2019

Infinity by Crown Group


Anticipated projects of 2019: As we bid farewell to the turbulent 2018, we at Arch2O are focusing on the projects which will open this year.

6. Oceania: ‘landscape tower’ in Sydney

Koichi Takada architects designed ‘infinity,’ a 40,000 square meter mixed-use building between Bourke Street and Botany Road in the Australian city. It contains programs such as apartments, hotels, commercial shops, and meeting areas. According to the architect, the sculptural shape of infinity is intended to “democratize tall buildings.” It seeks to “bring the… Read more

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Koichi Takada Architects’ LA tower proposal inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s ‘flying skirt’

Architecture AU

11 February 2019

Josh Harris

Sydney practice Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled designs for a 63-storey tower in downtown Los Angeles that references California’s gigantic redwoods, the “oldest and tallest” trees in the world, as well as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and her “flying skirt.”

Named Sky Trees, the tower is the fourth major project the practice has designed for Sydney property developer Crown Group and its first venture in the United States.

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Koichi Takada Architects Creates A Sculpted Form Made Of Hand-Brick Material For New Tower In Sydney

World Architecture

06 February 2019

Sydney and Doha-based architecture firm Koichi Takada Architects has completed a new mixed-use tower in the center of Sydney, the buildings are made of a sculpted form of a hand-made brick materials that expands historic buildings in the streetscape.

Called Arc, the project was designed for Crown Group, a reputation for building high quality luxury apartments in Australia. The project provides an iconic and innovative ‘archway’ to the western fringe of Sydney’s CBD.

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Australian-based architect Koichi Takada designs LA tower inspired by Californian Redwoods

Commercial Real Estate – Domain

06 February 2019

Jenny Brown


It was the unexpectedly dehumanising experience of living in dense neighbourhoods in what he’d so wanted to be an immersive and exciting New York that has led an Australian-based architect to designing a lofty residential high rise that he claims “will be the healthiest place you can live in downtown LA”.

Sky Trees, the fourth major project that the precociously original Koichi Takada has designed for the Crown Group, but his first US building, is to be 70 storeys high.

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Koichi Takada Architects Uses over 300,000 Bricks to Create ‘Arc’ Façade in Sydney


02 February 2019


Koichi Takada architects completes ‘arc’, the latest mixed-use residential tower in Sydney’s CBD. the project won the city of Sydney design excellence competition in 2013 and spans the width of a whole city block in the historic precinct in the center of the city. the building combines old and new, a handcrafted brick podium and an organic roof feature designed to add character to the area.

The 26-storey tower is a mix of accommodation, containing 135 apartments, 86 ‘skye suites’ boutique hotel rooms, 8 retail and f&b outlets. the design by the architect also includes a retail precinct below an 8-storey high public through… Read more

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