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Biophilic Design & Slow Living – Turning Off The Chaos With The Wellness Movement In Urban Cities

Luxury real estate developer Crown Group’s projects blend the outdoors and indoors with numerous natural elements


Metropolitan areas around the world such as New York City, Bangkok and Sydney provide numerous benefits and unparalleled access to professional and person-al opportunities. However, the fast-paced environments can take a toll on residents if left unchecked. Urban dwellers are realising that slowing down and prioritising wellness is not only recommended but essential for their well-being and productivity.
Crown Group, a leading Australian property group specialising in luxury property development, property investment and serviced apartments now offers an opportunity for maximum wellness at home through nature with two of its Sydney-based projects – Mastery by Crown Group and Waterfall by Crown Group – incorporating soothing features of biophilic design to enable buyers to focus on living slower, calmer lives.
“We’re introducing a new era of luxury urban living with these projects that create communities while connecting people to the natural environment which can lead to a more wellness-focussed life,” said Iwan Sunito, CEO and co-founder of Crown Group.
“With many employees planning to continue working remotely in the future, the worldwide trend of biophilic design and its evidence of improving overall well-being at home is needed now more than ever,” he added.
According to Architectural Record, numerous studies indicate that biophilic design solutions in homes and workplaces can reduce stress, lower heart rates and blood pressure while increasing creativity, productivity and well-being.
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A recent Terrapin Bright Green report, for example, suggests that when people are in natural environments as compared to urban ones with fewer natural features, they notice “greater emotional restoration, with lower instances of tension, anxiety, anger, fatigue, confusion and total mood disturbance.” These noticeable improvements taking place at home can help residents slow down and focus on recovery and restoration.
Located at 48 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, Mastery by Crown Group is a $500 million development designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect KoichiTakada and Sydney’s Silvester Fuller.

Mastery by Crown is comprised of five buildings offering 374 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, along with sophisticated resort-style facilities. The simplicity of the architecture is complemented by greenery that is implanted into the exterior façade of one of the buildings – a “stacked forest” concept that is a first for Sydney. The greenery is reflected onto the building across from it, projecting
and carrying the green motif throughout the exterior space to be enjoyed.
Adding to the façade are roof gardens that will be visible from the street, creating pockets of nature within the urban environment for passersby to enjoy. In addition to thebiophilic design elements incorporated into the architecture and interiors, greenery in the urban environment increases sustainability by reducing carbon monoxide while increasing energy efficiency and improving air quality.
Waterfall by Crown Group, the $400 million residential project that opened in 2020, comprises 331 luxury apartments among one of Australia’s most ground-breaking designs for greenery in urban living. At the heart of the development, designed by Adam Haddow of award-winning architects SJB, is Australia’s tallest man-made waterfall amid gardens that are setting a new benchmark for biophilic design. Staning at 22 metres or seven storeys high, the waterfall is the first-of-its-kind for a residential project in Australia which adds a beautiful sense of tranquillity to the grounds.
The waterfall was designed by Waterforms International’s Dirk Slotboom, famous for installations at Hobart’s MONA gallery, Canberra Airport, the new Australian embassy in Bangkok and even The Great Gatsby film set. Lush green walls were created by Sydney’s living infrastructure specialists Junglefy which feature over 5,000 tropical plants surrounding the waterfall and rooftop cinema space while offering sweeping views across Sydney and a 6-metre high green wall surrounding the cinema screen for movie nights under the stars.

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