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(Sydney, Australia) Monday September 4, 2017 – World-class architects including Japanese-firm Kengo Kuma and Associates are set to compete to design a landmark new development in Sydney.

Leading Australian developer Crown Group, today announced five firms have entered the competition to design its upcoming development at 48 O’Dea Avenue Waterloo, a site with potential for panoramic views of the ocean and Sydney’s iconic central business district.

Turner, Crone Architects and FJMT will enter individually while Kengo Kuma and Associates will collaborate with Koichi Takada Architects on a joint submission.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of experts including property industry and government representatives, assessing architectural design excellence.

Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito said the high calibre of entrants was a clear signal of Sydney’s new place as one of the leading architectural cities in the world.

“This field of entrants clearly shows the world-class talent we have here in Australia and highlights the increasing number of international architects looking to design for the Sydney skyline,” Mr Sunito said.

“These architects have proven to be true leaders in their field, renowned for their creativity. The winning design is certain to be a unique creation for Sydney.

“Crown Group recognises the significance of Waterloo which is the new Manhattan of Sydney, the city’s new creative hub, by inviting the world’s finest architects to be part of this competition,” he added.

The 20-storey mixed-use project will include luxury apartments, restaurants, retail outlets alongside new roads, infrastructure and private parks.

It will be Crown Group’s third project in Waterloo, following the award-winning Viking by Crown Group completed in 2014 and the recently launched Waterfall by Crown Group.

Set to be constructed on a prime site in Sydney’s Waterloo, the future building would provide panoramic views of the city to the north and east to the ocean.

The five firms bring a diverse range of experience.

Sydney-based Turner has more than 15 years’ experience internationally in urban design and master planning, residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings including projects such as Jakarta’s New Port, Iraq’s Kafeel Hotel, the Washington Park Masterplan, Saigon’s River City and Sydney’s Green Square Town Centre.

Well-established Crone has a wealth of experience in Australia and Asia including the five-star Wanda Vista Hotel which will form part of the new $1-Billion One Circular Quay project. Crone was recently awarded the 2017 NSW Premier’s Prize for Public Architecture for its design of the Orange Regional Museum in NSW.

Sydney-firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) is one of only seven architectural practices worldwide to be awarded the prestigious World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year, received in 2013 for its design of the Auckland Art Gallery. The firm was last year selected to design a 200-metre-tall hotel and residential tower in Pyrmont, Sydney.

Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects (KTA) will enter in collaboration with Japanese-firm Kengo Kuma and Associates, (KKA) founded by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma.

Founded by Japanese-born Koichi Takada, KTA has a growing portfolio in Australia including Infinity by Crown Group at Green Square, Manly’s Bower development, interior-design at One Central Park and the recently completed Kaldor Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW

Teaming up with KTA for the competition, architecture firm KKA has established a large portfolio of work including the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group’s Japan headquarters and Besançon Art Centre in France and was recently appointed to design the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium a three-tiered, 80,000-seat wooden lattice stadium is estimated to cost $1.5 billion USD, replacing Zaha Architects.

Last year the international firm made its first foray into Australia with a tower in Sydney’s Circular Quay and a second in The Darling Exchange which forms part of NSW government’s $3.4 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour.

Mr Sunito was pleased to have these architects involved in the competition to design the landmark project.

“The competition includes some of the most well-known Australian Architects and a rare Australian-International collaboration.”

“We are excited to take the next step in furthering the path of Sydney as it becomes increasingly recognised for its leading architecture,” Mr Sunito added.

Competition submission close in October. The winning design will be announced in October.

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Media Interviews

Crown Group’s National Development Director Pierre Abrahamse is available for a limited number of interviews on request.

Editor’s Note

Images and video are available upon request including artist impressions, launch videos and computer- animated ‘fly-through’ footage of selected Crown Group developments.

Media Enquiries:

Kate Prideaux, General Manager of Communications & Public Relations
(02) 9925 0088 or 0401 863 436

Lina Guo, Communications Executive
(02) 9925 0088 or 0429 459 510

Media Interviews

Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito is available for a limited number of interviews on request.

Editor’s Note
Images and video are available upon request including artist impressions, launch videos and computer- animated ‘fly-through’ footage of selected Crown Group developments.

Media Enquiries:
Kate Prideaux, General Manager of Communications & Public Relations
(02) 9925 0088 or 0401 863 436

Lina Guo, Communications Executive
(02) 9925 0088 or 0429 459 510

About Crown Group
Crown Group Holdings (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group specialising in property development, property investment and serviced apartments.
The company was co-founded by architect Mr Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr. Paul Sathio with its first project in 1996.
Iwan Sunito graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Construction 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.
In recent years Iwan received a number of awards including Indonesia’s Property & Bank Magazine Golden Leadership Award 2013, the 2013 Congress of Indonesian Diaspora Entrepreneur award and named a winner in the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Iwan Sunito was also named Urban Taskforce Australia’s 2015 Property Person of the Year.
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.

Past and recent projects
Since the company was founded in 1996, 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 and most recently Skye by Crown Group in North Sydney. Today, Crown Group boasts a large portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing three major projects; Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square, Arc by Crown Group in the heart of Sydney and Waterfall by Crown Group in Waterloo.

Crown Group has been awarded more than 20 high-profile industry awards including the 2016 International Property Awards Best Residential High Rise Architecture Australia for V by Crown Group Parramatta, 2015 Master Builders Australia (MBA) NSW Excellence in Construction Awards for Viking by Crown Group Waterloo and 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s award – considered one of the highest property development accolades in Australia – for the seven-tower, resort-style development Top Ryde City Living.
Top Ryde City Living was also named best High-Density Development in Australia at the UDIA awards for excellence 2014 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.

Skye Hotel Suites
Crown Group launched its first Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta in August 2017 with a second hotel to open in Sydney CBD in mid-2018.

Future launches
Crown Group will launch new projects in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Melbourne in 2018.

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