Norfolk drew inspiration from the Norfolk Pine’s pinecone, which closes to protect its seeds and opens when the weather and settings are optimum. In the same way, Norfolk’s adaptable architecture suits the ever-evolving coastal environment.
Norfolk is confident, sculptural and elegantly realised at every angle. It is designed to touch lightly on its site. To give residents the sense of being more outside than in, with sliding screens for adaptable shading and endless glazing that draws the beach into every living space.
"We wanted to design something that celebrated the site," explains architect, Koichi Takada. "When you open the doors to the terraces, you have that feeling of being at one with the elements." Takada enjoys seeing the way residents position the screens depending on the time of day and amount of sun. "The façades are continually animated, not dissimilar to the way nature performs,” he says.