Project: One Central Park East
Location: Broadway, Sydney, Australia
Highly Commended Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Residential Multi category 2014
Interior Architects: Koichi Takada Architects
Building Contractor: Watpac
Photography: Sharrin Rees and Sharyn Cairns
The talent of interior architect has been bought to bear on One Central Park East, to provide a distinctive identity for each tower. Koichi Takada has devised the materials, finishes and interior architecture of One Central Park East.
The relaxed finishes and natural ambience of One Central Park East apartments are inspired by architect Koichi Takada’s love of nature and Nouvel’s concept of One Central Park as a beacon for Sydney.
Each apartment is finished in the most tactile and honest materials – muted tones of driftwood, hammered stone, linen and woven grasses matched with copper and bronze.
Some units emphasise organic, cool finishes while others have a more intense, spicy flavour.
Takada has incorporated sliding timber screens of solid and perforated slats that open up spaces or conceal kitchens from living areas. Sliding the screens aside and the transformation is profound, and delightful.
Internal light gives the effect of a softly glowing lantern with a wooden tree-house, blending with the foliage outside.
All images courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects
Koichi Takada Architects
Koichi Takada has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian architecture. His work is innovative and refined. Koichi melds the traditions of his homeland with today’s stunning flowing forms – an approach he developed in New York, London and Tokyo.
Koichi Takada has won international competitions in Australia and Japan as well as several key architectural and interior design awards. The firm’s projects are well recognized and have been extensively featured in Australian and international design magazines.
Koichi Takada studied and graduated from the School of Architecture at the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London. Koichi studied his thesis work under Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi with Rem Koolhaas as a visiting critic.
While practicing at Atsushi Kitagawara Architects in Tokyo, Koichi worked on an invited competition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997 and stayed in Sydney thereafter. Koichi has been associate director at PTW and worked on award winning luxury apartments in Sydney, and a diverse range of architectural projects in Japan, China, and the Middle-East.
Koichi established his own practice, Koichi Takada Architects in Sydney in 2008. The practice is now growing with competition winning architectural projects and a focus on the construction phase, with key multi-residential projects in Australia and key landmark projects overseas.
“We draw inspiration from nature
We learn from the process, formations, structures and natural life in the environment to inspire our design. Nature teaches us. There is more to architecture than the creation of beautiful forms, and it must involve all of our senses. The feeling of a soft breeze, the acoustics in a cave or the ambience of natural light through a tree canopy – these are elements we cannot draw, but try to involve in the experience of architecture.”
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Koichi Takada Architects
61 Marlborough Street, 2010 Surry Hills, NSW | Australia
+61 2 9698 8510
+61 2 9012 0359