Waterfall by Crown Group has set a new benchmark for integrating nature into an urban setting and has created an exemplary new model for wellness-focused living. The $400m project was completed in November 2019 and has 331 generous apartments that showcase luxury living within a beautiful tropical urban escape.

Sitting at the end of a new linear public park, the ambition for Waterfall was to contribute to the village – to create a series of buildings that fold energy inwards for the enjoyment of residents and outwards for the benefit of the community. The design intent sought to balance the interface between private ambition and public good to deliver a project that not only looks good but acts well ensuring that the passer by feels protected, comfortable and engaged.

Designed by SJB architects, the building’s structural concept was heavily inspired by nature. Design features include a tranquil internal lagoon and bamboo walk, a lush rooftop escape with a private outdoor cinema, Australia’s tallest man-made waterfall at 22m high and more than 5000 plants on vertical green walls. Builders transformed a former industrial site and worked around 60-year old Moreton Bay Fig trees.

The development is centralised by a large residents-only park enclosed by the four buildings. A rooftop area with a 25m infinity edged pool and 49-jet jacuzzi next to a cantilevered gym offers a space for residents to unwind with calming district views. There is also a public artwork by Mika Utzon Popov, grandson of Sydney Opera House architect Jorn Utzon, a music room with a grand piano and a function room with a kitchen. A curated retail precinct offers fun and convenience with an Asian supermarket, yoghurt outlet, fried chicken shop, patisserie and hair salon.

Judges Comments

This is an innovative cluster of articulated building forms offering high density accommodation that challenges the formulaic outcomes of similar developments. The quality of the apartments and the communal open spaces which are generous and thoughtfully designed have not been sacrificed by the impressive density.

Naturally ventilated corridors and lobbies with fixed window openings provide positive and healthy connections with the outdoor environment, and ambience to these spaces. The whole development is well integrated with the landscape features including the notable preservation of the mature street Fig tree.

The judges were impressed by the quality of the overall development, the high standard and maturity of the landscaping and well resolved level of façade detailing.

This is a calm oasis in the city which contributes strongly to the adjacent urban environment of the parkland and streetscape.