Crown Group Awarded Industry’s Top Design Award

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From the Robb Report Luxury Newswire

(Sydney, Australia) Monday, August 4, 2014 - A Sydney-based property developer has won a prestigious industry design award for its innovative mixed-use development at Sydney’s new Green Square precinct in Zetland.

Crown Group was awarded Best Concept Design for its 301-303 Botany Road Zetland development at the 20th Annual Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW hosted Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence, held at Star Casino in Sydney on Friday night.

Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito said the prestigious UDIA NSW Concept design award recognised the company’s dedication and hard work to create an innovative design concept for the important site.

Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, the building’s curved form provides a smooth transition to the plaza and public domain spaces.

"Our Green Square site is a unique opportunity for Crown Group to create a world-class development with architectural significance,” Mr Sunito said.

“The project draws on Crown Group's 18 years' experience developing residential property in Sydney and will showcase the world's best in innovative residential design.

“It will be a landmark building within the new Green Square Town Centre.”

Located at 301-303 Botany Road, a short distance from Green Square train station, Crown Group’s project is located within the new Green Square town centre, a major new residential, retail and cultural hub -- which sits at the heart of a broader $8 billion redevelopment of Green Square.

The 20-story development -- comprising 39,400 square meters gross floor area, a 5000 square meter ground floor retail precinct and 416 residential units -- captured the attention of the UDIA NSW judges.

UDIA-NSW Chief Judge and urban engineer of almost 40 years Laurie Rose said Crown Group’s project will be a distinguished building proclaiming a new town centre in Sydney.

The striking design features two intertwined loops – a visual connection between public and residential space.

“There are very few distinguishing buildings which proclaim one of Sydney’s most ambitious town centre initiatives, and while this project is still taking place it is clear this development will do just that,” Mr Rose said.

“The proposed form of the building is principally based on retaining solar access to the Green Square Plaza and library, along with an internal public courtyard which forms an open-air dining precinct.

“The building also seamlessly incorporates a pedestrian tunnel to Green Square Train Station.”

The Awards acknowledge the best in urban development across NSW and the ACT and winners are selected for their standout commitment to excellence in their category.

The Judges commended Crown Group for blending a residential building with the enhancement of public spaces and providing the much-needed iconic structure to create one of Sydney’s most important centers.

With construction proposed to commence in early 2015, the development aims to deliver a vibrant building and ground-floor zone where residents can shop, eat, play, live and relax, Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito said.

“The design incorporates a unique curved form and will feature the five-star resort style facilities for which Crown has become renowned,” Mr Sunito added.

By 2030, Green Square is expected to attract 40,000 new residents and 22,000 new workers.

About Crown Group
Crown International Holdings Group (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group, active in property development and property investment in Sydney.

The company was co-founded by architect Mr Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr Paul Sathio in 1996.

Iwan Sunito graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Construction of Management from University of NSW. In 1993 Iwan became a Registered Architect in NSW and was awarded the UNSW Eric Daniels award for excellence in residential design.

Paul Sathio graduated with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Masters of Engineering Science from University of NSW. Paul has more than two decades’ experience in the construction and development industry.

Crown Group was recently awarded the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s award – considered one of the highest property development accolades in Australia – for its resort-style development Top Ryde City Living.

Top Ryde City Living was also named best High-Density Development in NSW and ACT at the UDIA NSW awards for excellence 2013 and a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2013.

Crown Group’s innovative, waterfront development Sanctum by Crown was awarded a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2012 and its hugely-successful ICON at Homebush was awarded HIA’s (Housing Industry Association) CSR Housing Awards 2007 Apartment Project of the Year.

Since the company was founded 18 years ago, Crown Group has successfully completed major developments in Sydney’s best locations including Bondi, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Ashfield, Epping, Homebush, Newington, Pennant Hills and Rhodes.

Today, Crown Group boasts a $3.5 billion portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing four major projects, Top Ryde City Living, a seven-tower development in Top Ryde, Viking by Crown, a 10-story residential complex in Waterloo, V by Crown, a 29-story residential tower in Parramatta and Skye by Crown a 20-story development in North Sydney launched in June 2013.

Crown group launched Viva by Crown, the final stage of Top Ryde City Living in August last year and in the coming months will launch Crown Green Square in Sydney’s thriving new Green Square Precinct.

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