VIDEO // „NATURE TEACHES US“ WOODEN CAVES BY KOICHI TAKADA 

Complementing the spectacular shapes of Jean Nouvel’s newly inaugurated Qatar National Museum building, the interior settings are just as impressive: two cave-like gift shops are the first batch of interiors that are created by Japanese Architect Koichi, following later this year are three restaurants.

Soaring wooden walls echoe the organic forms of the museum freaturing stunning enclosures emerging from stacked wooden profiles. Designed in 3D modelling these 40.000 peces of wood where finally assembled by hand on site by Italian carpenter Claudio Devoto.

The source of inspiration was taken from nature itself: the Dahl Al Misfir, a famous cavern in central Qatar known for its 40 meter deep walls that are covered with gypsum crystals.


„We learn from the process,
formations, structures and natural life
in the environment to inspire our design.
Nature teaches us.“

– Koichi Takada –
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Koichi Takada Architects highlights three key aspects of its philosophy and approach – drawing inspiration from nature, conceiving architecture as an invisible force and the use of space throuhg time.

„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 ambiance of natural light through a tree canopy – these are elements we cannot draw, but try to involve in the experience of architecture.

Koichi Takada Architects aims to explore the boundaries of the perception of architecture. When does architecture best embody the qualities and virtues of nature? With a self-effacing hand, Koichi Takada has demonstrated through his past projects how architecture based on an understanding of ambiance and the elements can expose nature to itself. The elements become the shapers and the protagonists of the built form, not the architecture itself.

Our approach to architecture is also an embodiment of a shift in lifestyle. Based on an understanding of the life cycle of the spaces and the ever-changing use of space through time, Koichi Takada Architects’ architecture is designed to stand the test of time and to evolve with time. In the face of a changing industry, Koichi Takada Architects’ architecture highlights environmental initiatives and credentials that are becoming increasingly critical to the sustainability of the projects we undertake.“

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