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(Sydney, Australia) Thursday October 11th, 2018 – Spearheaded by a trio of Crown Group developments, Sydney’s Waterloo is set to become a precinct of architectural masterpieces to rival any of the world’s great cities, driven by inspired design from Japan.

In a world-first, Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito has brought together two Japanese superstar architects to ensure that Mastery by Crown Group further stretches the boundaries of modern design that he was already pushing with Waterfall by Crown Group in Waterloo and Infinity by Crown Group in nearby Green Square.

Tokyo-based legend and Dezeen favourite, Kengo Kuma, has collaborated with white-hot, Tokyo-born but Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada, on the 20-storey Building C (pictured below), the jewel in the crown of Mastery.

Kengo has conceived a unique, timber-clad ‘stacked forest’ exterior to revolutionise Waterloo’s skyline, topped with a spectacular, cantilevered rooftop pool (pictured below), gym, spa, resident’s lounge and even a mini-cinema, delivering perhaps the finest facilities of any Sydney apartment development to date, with striking interiors by Takada.

The urban forest is central to the theme of this inspired building, designed to connect inner city residents to nature, and bring to life one of Kengo Kuma’s central beliefs: “It is always in dialogue with humans; but good architecture does not attempt to fix nature—instead, it moves with nature, always continuing the dialogue.”

Three further buildings showcase the prolific talents of Koichi Takada Architects, while the fifth and final residential tower is the work of established local firm Silvester Fuller, adding a uniquely local perspective to the development.

Koichi shares Iwan’s vision to “transform Waterloo from a characterless industrial suburb into a green urban oasis with a vibrant street culture and resort-style living for happy and healthy residents in organically-designed apartments that make the most of the area’s unique inner Sydney location.”

Mastery by Crown Group is the latest in Crown Group’s ever-expanding Sydney portfolio of residential design masterpieces, now enhanced by the addition of SKYE Hotel Suites in Paramatta and the CBD, while looking at new development sites in both Brisbane and Melbourne. Iwan has pioneered the growing trend of using of world-class architects in Australia for medium to large scale residential and mixed-use developments, driven by his almost obsessive drive for architectural innovation and perfection, matched with a passionate belief in the potential for suburbs like Waterloo to become global design hubs.

“We have a riveting vision for this inner-city area to further enrich its appeal as a lifestyle destination. At the core of this transformation is the aim to establish and foster a new community in Waterloo, with a focus on resort-style living and a deep connection to nature,” says Sunito.

Iwan continues, “to achieve this monumental vision, we collaborated with a personal hero of mine, revered Japanese master Kengo Kuma on his first residential project here – an immense honour for all at Crown Group. We are also delighted to again be working with genius local architect Koichi Takada, our collaborator on a range of successful projects.”

Mastery by Crown Group will be unveiled at a VIP event on Thursday October 18th at the Royal Hall of Industries, where their star architects will rub shoulders with Sydney’s design cognoscenti, entertained by the chart-topping tunes of rising star Dami Im.

With construction scheduled for completion in 2021, apartment sales for Mastery will begin on 17 November with a display centre located at 30-36 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo.

For more information or to register interest, prospective buyers can visit


Masterful Facts:

Located at 48 O’Dea Avenue Waterloo, Mastery by Crown Group will comprise 374 luxury apartments, resort-style residents amenities including an infinity-edge cantilevered rooftop pool, gym and community room and a ground-floor retail precinct comprising a mix of restaurants, cafes and shops.

  • Mastery by Crown Group consists five buildings; the tallest is a 20-storey tower designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • The remaining four buildings include three designed by Koichi Takada Architects and one by Silvester Fuller.
  • It is the first time Kengo Kuma and Associates has designed a residential building in Australia.
  • The design of the 20-storey tower was selected by an independent judging panel including representatives from the City of Sydney, during a design competition.
  • Apartment sales will begin on 17 November.
  • Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

Media Interviews

Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito, Koichi Takada, Jad Silvester and Penny Fuller are available for a limited number of interviews on request.

Editor’s Note

Project preview video and images can be found in Dropbox using this link

Other images and video are available upon request including artist impressions, photographs of display apartments and computer-animated ‘fly-through’ footage of selected Crown Group developments.

Media Enquiries:

Jane Zouch, Dialogue PR & Communications, Account Manager

(02) 9194 6685 or 0409 659 801

Lina Guo, Crown Group, 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, since establishing a portfolio of projects under construction and in the pipeline worth $5 billion.

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. Iwan was awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013 and was also named Urban Taskforce Australia’s Property Person of the Year 2015.

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 the 28-storey V by Crown Group in Parramatta. Today, Crown Group boasts a large portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing four major projects; Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square, a 25-storey residential tower Arc by Crown Group in the heart of Sydney, Waterfall by Crown Group in Waterloo and Eastlakes Live in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.


Crown Group has been awarded more than 20 high-profile industry awards including the 2018 UDIA NSW Best Mixed-Use Development 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 SKYE Suites opening in Sydney’s CBD on 18 October 2018.

Future launches

Crown Group will launch its next project in West End Brisbane in 2019.

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