1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Friday 19 October 2018
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Kengo Kuma and Koichi Takada: In Conversation
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.
Kengo Kuma & Associates have two other major projects in development in Sydney: the soon-to-be iconic Darling Exchange building at Darling Harbour (with a facade wrapped in 20 kilometres of sustainably sourced timber), and a hotel tower (with Crone Architects) at Circular Quay. Other high-profile works include the Asakusa Culture Tourism Centre (2012), the Cultural Village, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon, US (2017), and the recent highly lauded V&A Design Museum, Dundee, Scotland (2018).
Established in 2008, Koichi Takada Architects has quickly gained an international reputation through a series of award-winning designs that are reshaping the skylines of Tokyo, Los Angeles and Mexico City. Recent projects include the Arc in Sydney’s CBD, a 22-storey building podium with layered brick masonry arches and public rooftop gardens in striking curved white rib cages; and six interiors of the National Museum of Qatar, currently under construction in Doha.
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Cultural Partners, The Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan, Sydney.
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.
Koichi Takada is a member of a new generation of architects that aim to ‘naturalise’ architecture in urban environment – an approach he developed after living in cities of high urbanization: Tokyo, New York and London.
Sydney based Koichi Takada Architects was established in 2008, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Through a series of award-winning designs, the growing practice is gaining an international reputation and is about to change the skylines of Sydney, Brisbane, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Mexico City.
Recent projects include Crown Group’s Infinity in Green Square, a $525 million futuristic mixed use development, shapes like a giant loop, nicknamed The Doughnut; another is Arc in Sydney CBD, the a 22-storey building podium with a series of layered brick masonry arches and public rooftop gardens in striking curved white rib cages.
In collaboration with world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the practice has recently won a new landmark development in Waterloo. Koichi Takada Architects is also working on six interiors of the National Museum of Qatar currently under construction in Doha; the external architecture designed by the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner, French architect Jean Nouvel.