Dami Im performing at the launch of Mastery by Crown Group at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney. Photo: Belinda Rolland
The Maseratis parked outside the Royal Hall of Industries were a foretaste of the luxury to come. More than 2000 people attended the launch of Mastery by Crown Group at Moore Park on October 18 for an apartment project in Waterloo embracing the best of Japanese design.
As Japanese ‘‘starchitect’’ Kengo Kuma walked the red carpet, guests inside queued for a chance to be photographed in front of a towering artificial cherry tree. Every few minutes, bursts of blossoms shot into the air, delicate petals creating a carpet of pink.
Japan’s ambassador to Australia, Sumio Kusaka, was there, and Indonesian ambassador Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo. Crown Group chairman and group chief executive officer, Indonesian-born Iwan Sunito founded the company in 1996 with Paul Sathio.
Legendary architect Kengo Kuma. Photo: Belinda Rolland
Also joining the party were artist Dahua Zhang, who showed some of his artworks to guests in the VIP section, Mastery architects Koichi Takada and Jad Silvester and Penny Fuller of Silvester Fuller, celebrity renovators Kyal and Kara Demmrich, and lawyer-turned-social media star Pia Muehlenbeck. Master of ceremonies was Tom Williams, and singer Alli Simpson and model Laurina Fleure were also there.
The crowd fell silent (and whipped out their mobile phone cameras) when Korean-born Australian singer-songwriter and Eurovision darling Dami Im performed a hypnotic acoustic rendition of U2’s 1990s hit One.
A Cherry Blossom Tree wowed the crowd. Photo: Belinda Rolland
To fit the Japanese-styled theme of the evening a giant drum rose to reveal the architectural model. Guests feasted on a Japanese-influenced menu.
Sunito says Crown Group’s vision for Mastery is to enrich the inner-city area’s appeal as a lifestyle destination. “At the core of this transformation is the aim to establish and foster a new community in Waterloo, with a focus on resort-style living and a deep connection to nature,” he said.
Asparagus tempura with ponzu sauce. Photo: Belinda Rolland
Edamame beans, seaweed cracker and smoked tofu
Chicken karaage “popcorn” with kewpie mayo and nori powder
Freshly shucked oysters with plum wine granita and finger lime pearls
Asparagus tempura with ponzu sauce
Roast scallop, pickled pumpkin and finger lime pearl dressing
Poached chicken, ginger and lemongrass pie with crushed peas
Pork tonkatsu on brioche roll with kewpie mayo, Japanese mustard and cabbage
Genmaicha-poached salmon with brown rice, pickles and wasabi peas
Silken tofu, daikon and wakame salad
Teriyaki salmon with yuzu satay sauce, soba noodle and pickled enoki
Bergamot tea chocolate truffles
An artist impression of Mastery by Crown Group in Waterloo.
Address: 48 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo.
The project: 384 apartments, infinity-edge pool, gym, ground-floor retail, cafes and restaurants.
Pricing: Studios from $595,000, one-bedders from $725,000, two-bedders from $1.15 million, three-bedders from $1.595 million. Sales begin November 17.
Completion: Due by 2021.
Display suite: 30-36 O’Dea Avenue, open daily from 10am to 4pm.
The red carpet
Model Laurina Fleure. Photo: Belinda Rolland
Singer, model and actress Alli Simpson. Photo: Belinda Rolland
Singer-songwriter Dami Im. Photo: Belinda Rolland
Celebrity renovators Kyal and Kara Demmrich. Photo: Belinda Rolland
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