Ground broken on loopy Infinity tower
Work has begun on a new luxury tower that will be the centerpiece of the redeveloped Green Square area in Sydney, Australia. Infinity by Crown Group has a distinctive looped design that is pulled down towards one corner to accommodate tiered garden apartments and a rooftop terrace.
Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, which also worked on the interiors at Sydney's One Central Park, the 20-story Infinity tower is part of an AU$8-billion (US$6-billion) project to revitalize the immediate precinct. It will house 401 apartments across 18 floors when it is complete, with the two bottom floors home to around 30 retail outlets, restaurants and cafés. It will feature patterned glass and aluminum curved façades.
The architecturally exciting design of Infinity by Crown Group is both visually striking and functional on a grand scale. To begin with, its form has its basis in a solid square, which has been shaped and curved so that the sides of the building plunge down dramatically from two of its corners before plateauing and creating a landscaped terrace with a bar and places to sit.
The plunging sides of the building will form tiered garden apartments for some residents, with their own green private terraces offering views down onto the south-facing communal terrace. At the opposing north corner of the building, a towering slice appears to have been cut away, leaving only the uppermost floors connected and bridging the space. This is designed to allow natural light into a 1,180-sq m (12,701-sq ft) central courtyard. It is the looped form of the Infinity tower encircling the courtyard that gives the building its name.
Residents will have the use of secluded entertainment areas, a sky lounge, an infinity pool, a spa, a gym, a music room with a baby-grand piano and a media theater. The building will also accommodate a 450-capacity conference center.
The broader AUD 13-billion (US$9.9-billion) Green Square redevelopment area covers 278 ha (687 ac) and will see the creation of a new town center. There will be a total of 30,500 new residences in the area, as well as a library, a civic plaza, a park with playing fields, an aquatic leisure center and a new childcare center. Infinity by Crown Group will be located less than 100 m (328 ft) from Green Square train station, 4 km (2.5 mi) from Sydney airport and 3 km (1.9 mi) from the city's central business district.
Ground was broken on Infinity by Crown Group last week and it is due to be completed by 2019. Work on the Green Square redevelopment is expected to continue until after 2030.
The video below provides an introduction to Infinity by Crown Group.