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Sydney, Australia) Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Sydney-based property developer Crown Group has been awarded a top prize at this year’s 2015 Master Builders Australia (MBA) NSW Excellence in Construction Awards. 

Crown Group was named a winner in the “Residential and Mixed-use Development Buildings up to $50 million” category for its striking Viking by Crown project; during an event at Sydney’s The Star on Saturday.

The 10-storey Waterloo building features a unique architectural design inspired by world-renowned Israeli artist Yaacov Agam; founder of the post war kinetic art movement.

The modern exterior is recognised for its unique façade with a operable sliding louvre system, which allows the individual unit occupier to open, close and slide the louvre panels; forming an ever-changing appearance to the building.

Judged by an expert industry panel, winners are selected based on quality of finished construction, degree of difficulty in construction, materials used, environmental and safety protocols, outcomes achieved and benefits to the community.

Crown Group Chief Executive Iwan Sunito said the prestigious MBA NSW award recognised Crown Group’s expertise and capabilities in construction.

Master Builders Australia received over 5,000 entries this year for the Regional, State and Territory Excellence in Building and Construction awards.

“This highly-contested award recognises the extraordinary efforts and skills of the Crown Group team to successfully deliver a state-of-the-art project through to completion,” Mr Sunito said.

“Viking by Crown’s unique architectural design was certainly not a typical construction project and required a skilled and persistent team approach. Viking by Crown is an award winning state-of-the-art project fit for Sydney’s bright future,” he said.

Viking by Crown boasts 110-apartments, six commercial suites and resort-style facilities including a 25 metre swimming pool and fully equipped gymnasium.

Apartments feature large balconies and sun drenched district or city views from level three and above.

“Viking by Crown was popular with buyers with all 110 apartments selling out prior to completion,” Mr Sunito added.

Judges at the awards praised the capability of Crown Group to deliver the innovative design.

“The building was well constructed with accurate dimensional control and attention to detail on the triangular site.

This was achieved with a whole team participation approach,” MBA Judges commented.

Located at 30-36 O’Dea Avenue Waterloo, the award-winning development is less than seven kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, Sydney’s airport, the popular Danks Street and Centennial Park.

The award joins Viking by Crown’s golden run of accolades this year including an Interior Design Apartment (Australia) award at the 2015 International Property Awards, Asia-Pacific region and a 2015 MBA NSW Excellence in Housing Award for ‘Home Units $500,000 – $700,000′ as well as the projects’ recent shortlisting at the 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards in the ‘Housing’ category.

Construction of Viking by Crown was completed in 2014.

Just a few kilometres away, Crown Group’s newest project Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square was recently launched for sale; securing more than $380 million worth of apartment sales in one day.

Crown Group will launch a new project in Waterloo in 2016.

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Media Interviews

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

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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 21 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 and most recently Viking by Crown, a 10-storey residential complex in Waterloo.

Today, Crown Group boasts a large portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing five major projects; Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square, the 29-storey V by

Crown Group in Parramatta, 20-storey Skye by Crown Group in North Sydney, the popular inner-west development Oasis by Crown Group and a 22-storey residential tower at Clarence Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.


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 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.

Future launches

Crown Group will launch a number of projects in 2016.

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