Is this the future of condo living?

An Australian developer has shed light on what could be the future of apartment living with a forward-thinking design for his latest residential development.

Award-winning Sydney-based developer Crown Group will challenge conventional ideas of light and space within residential developments with its AU$575 million, 20-storey development, Crown Green Square, will start construction this year. Sales will start in August.

Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, the luxury 401-apartment development was devised with future residents in mind and features a number of ground- breaking design elements.

One of its most striking features is the building’s unique looped shape; along with a void in its north-facing façade allow natural light to penetrate a central landscaped plaza and apartment balconies.

A tiered apartment structure on the development’s south side – complete with cascading external gardens – will provide year-round daylight to south-facing apartments, while a northern-side lounge and function room, The Sky Lounge, will capture northern views and light from the north.

At its heart, Crown Green Square’s 1,180 sqm open-air plaza features mounded gardens, trees and outdoor bench seats skirted by retail outlets, restaurants and cafés.

Crown Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Iwan Sunito, said Crown Green Square would take apartment living to the next level, and his company has already received hundreds of expressions of interest for the development.

“Our vision for Crown Green Square is to bring the future into the present,” Sunito said.

The design – featuring custom-made, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a spectacular rooftop terrace – picked up one of the state’s most prestigious industry design awards the 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW Best Concept Design.

“This ground-breaking development has attracted the attention of the world’s architectural community and is fast becoming known across the globe,” Sunito added.

In addition to its 401 apartments, the mixed-use development will include 30 retail and commercial spaces, a ground-floor conference centre, an infinity-edge pool, spa, gym, music rooms, theatre and concierge. It is expected to complete construction by late 2019.

A landmark site within the new Green Square Town Centre, Crown Green Square was a chance to start with a blank canvas and strive to create something new and exciting, according to Japanese-born architect Koichi Takada who is known for his cutting-edge designs.

“Unlike other new developments which are surrounded by a well-established town centre, Crown Green Square is an opportunity to showcase the future of Sydney. Our design for Crown Green Square is fluid and futuristic; inside and out.

“The final design included significant consideration of public benefit and the future needs of the area with the inclusion of a central public plaza and a smooth transition from the private space to the public domain,” he said.

“Crown Green Square is about future living,” Takada added.



Andrew Batt, International Group Editor of PropertyGuru Group, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email