koichi takada architects support sydney's east village with timber tree-like columns

koichi takada architects support sydney's east village with timber tree-like columns


providing a canopy over shoppers at the east village urban marketplace in sydney, australia, the architects at koichi takada have introduced a different, and natural setting to promote a unique shopping experience. the design draws its influence from the park and landscape- in ways that is illustrated through the use of timber as the main component, and texture to focus on the tree-like columns that grown and fan-out to merge with the ceiling. combining materials and reflection, the interior condition is revered and opened up to light while at the same time, mirrored surfaces reflect glimpses of the sky-garden scenery and the natural skylight invites sunlight into heart of the interior.

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the forest tree canopy covers the fresh fruit stalls
image © sharrin rees | image © tom ferguson

 

 

 

branching away from the typical, air-conditioned, monotonous shopping centers, the east village challenges this perception by introducing sustainable and natural elements achieving ‘australian excellence’ in environmental eco design. the only artificial light seen is through the branches of the tree columns, which highlight the spatial experience.

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the positioning of the down lights creates a dappled effect, reminiscent of being under a tree canopy
image © sharrin rees

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timber profiles create the textured tree trunks and conceal the structural columns
image © sharrin rees

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the project has been awarded a ‘5 star’ rating for the retail design in ‘australian excellence’
image © sharrin rees

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the canopies extend into the circulation zones, providing a continuous ceiling throughout the marketplace
image © sharrin rees

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a large skylight stretches over the circulation zone, while linear lights enhance the verticality
image © tom ferguson

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image showing the construction process
image © KTA

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a construction photo shows the forest interiors from one of the main entry points
image © KTA

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a reflected ceiling plan shows the concept and placement of the trees
image © KTA

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concept details for the feature timber elements
image © KTA

 

 

project info:

 

project name: east village urban marketplace
project type: retail precinct
completion date: 31 october 2014
address: 2-4 defries avenue, australia
practice name: koichi takada architects (interior architect)
interior designer: koichi takada
collaborating colleagues: payce consolidated (developer), turner studio (architect)
construction: dasco australia

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