Issue 35 | May 2020
A Planet Ark study three years ago found that workers are less stressed and more productive, students learn better, patients heal faster, and people are generally happier and calmer in indoor areas that contain wooden elements.
Crown Group’s new development, Mastery by Crown Group, in Sydney’s Waterloo, highlights the trend with its extensive use of timber across its five-tower precinct. Crown’s chairman and chief executive, Iwan Sunito, says that on meeting architect Kengo Kuma, he thought seriously about the notion that people respond viscerally to natural materials such as rocks, timber and the land.
“The more you think about it, the more you realise that a thing like a piece of timber is not lifeless; it is full of life, and therefore it touches people in a different way,” Sunito says.
Kuma has been appointed to design the centerpiece apartment block, an eye-catching 20-storey tower that features a striking plant-filled green exterior designed to emulate a stacked forest. He has collaborated with local award-winning architect Koichi Takada on the project.
Takada says he and Kuma share the same value of bringing nature back into the city.
“Being in nature makes us feel good,” Takada says, adding that buyers are attracted to timber, which is soft and warm, over concrete, which is solid and cold.
“Concrete is often described as masculine, and timber has a more feminine materiality.
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