The $400 million residential project in Waterloo, Waterfall by Crown Group, opened earlier this year and includes 331 luxury apartments, innovative new retail precinct offering a cat café, a dog grooming salon and mix of dining outlets.
The development offers a collection of premium, pet-friendly apartments including studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, courtyard apartments and a double-storey penthouse.
The resort-style amenities are exclusive to residents and their guests, and include infinity rooftop pool and terrace, a cantilevered gym with state-of-the-art equipment, rooftop outdoor cinema, a function room with catering kitchen, and a music room with a grand piano.
At the heart of the residential development, designed by Adam Haddow of award-winning architects SJB, is Australia’s tallest man-made waterfall which is set amid gardens, setting a new benchmark for biophilic design.
At 22 metres or seven storeys high, the waterfall adds a beautiful sense of tranquillity to the grounds. It 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.
“This waterfall design is the first of its kind for a residential project in Australia and posed very complex design challenges in order to flow water from this impressive height in a high wind zone, with minimal noise and splash for residents,” Mr Slotboom detailed.
“So we constructed a full-size prototype and a separate plant room, designed to recycle water and to ensure the plants in the green wall are kept alive. What’s more, we designed the waterfall during Australia’s worst recorded drought, in a way that allows the waterfall to stop and start according to wind and weather conditions.”
The lush green walls were created by Sydney’s living infrastructure specialists Junglefy and offer more than 5000 tropical plants surrounding the waterfall and rooftop cinema space, which offers sweeping views across Sydney and a 6-metre high green wall surrounding the cinema screen.
Junglefy’s Founder and Managing Director Jock Gammon said it is a one-of-a-kind garden that seamlessly integrates plants within the fabric of the building.
“With cities becoming more urbanised, we design spaces that connect people with nature throughout their daily lives,” Mr Gammon said.
“The plants provide the opportunity for residents to escape busy city life to find serenity at home. The lush plants woven through the four adjacent waterfalls extend into the sky, to the top of the building façade.”