Iwan Sunito commissions world-renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, and Crone Architects to design $500m Macquarie Park mixed-use project

New development company of Iwan Sunito, One Global Capital, has commissioned collaborating architects, Kengo Kuma and Crone Architects to design its first residential and five-star hotel development, the $500 million multi-tower project in Macquarie Park.

The developer has appointed world-renowned Japanese architect, Kengu Kuma in collaboration with local Sydney architects, Crone to design the residential, retail and resort including an affordable housing component, in a bid to bring world-class design to one of the city’s most sought after and much-needed accommodation types.

The One Global Capital Macquarie Park project initially received development approval in November 2023. With the new design team now on board, the developer will submit changes to the design under a Section 4.55 with several elements of the project to be redesigned.

The 7,000 sqm site is boarded by three streets including Herring Road, Windsor Drive and Lachlan Avenue and has a unique offering due to its direct connectivity Macquarie Park Metro Station, Macquarie University and Macquarie Shopping Centre.

The project is envisaged to include three towers; the first two towers will contain 304 apartments and a 175-room premium boutique hotel in the upper levels complemented by ground floor specialist high-end retail while the third tower will be an affordable housing building.

The apartments are set to be larger in size and the hotel will offer 5 star resort-style amenities.

The design is envisaged to incorporate an integrated ground floor concierge reception for both the residences and the hotel along with shared gym, pool and premium communal facilities as well as allowing residents access to hotel services.

One Global Capital Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito said Macquarie Park is a unique suburb of Sydney in that it affords an abundance of amenity.

“It offers excellent transport links with both rail and bus services, access to Macquarie Park Hospital, Macquarie University, and the Macquarie Shopping Centre, one of Sydney’s largest shopping centres. It’s referred to as the ‘golden triangle of property investment’,” Mr Sunito says.

“The uniqueness of this site presented a remarkable opportunity which called for and warranted the design expertise of an extraordinary architect. For this reason, I have appointed the globally acclaimed Kengo Kuma, who brings a shared vision to deliver exceptional, distinctive affordable housing combined with luxury apartments and a five-star, resort-style hotel.

“We are aiming to deliver a truly extraordinary residential and hotel offering which aims to set a new benchmark in luxurious larger-sized residences, boutique hotels, retail and facilities in Macquarie Park,” Mr Sunito adds.

We also would like to take up the challenge to provide an architecturally iconic affordable housing component in our project. “Affordable does not have to mean cheap and ugly” says Mr Sunito.

Architect, Kengo Kuma says:

“Partnering with Iwan Sunito and One Global Capital allows us to blur the lines between residential, resort, retail, and nature, creating a tranquil sanctuary that harmonizes the built environment with the natural world. Our design emphasizes natural materials, transparency, and sustainability, enhancing the urban landscape and deepening the connection to nature.”


Careful Consideration of Design Elements:

“Kengo Kuma’s design will feature the innovative use of natural materials such as timber and stone, reflecting his commitment to creating spaces that are both sustainable and harmonious with the environment. The design will emphasize transparency, allowing natural light to permeate the interiors, fostering a serene and inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.”

Rethinking the Affordable Housing Component:

“In collaboration with Iwan Sunito, Kengo Kuma aims to redefine affordable housing in Macquarie Park by integrating elements that foster a sense of community and connection to nature. The affordable housing units will be designed to connect residents to nature through gardens, natural light and ventilation, ensuring they have access to green spaces and a high quality of life.”

Balance Commercial and Philosophical Aspects:

“While the project includes luxurious residential towers and a premium boutique hotel, Kengo Kuma’s design philosophy ensures that these elements are seamlessly integrated with sustainable practices and community-oriented spaces. The development will not only provide world-class amenities but also prioritize the well-being of its inhabitants and the surrounding environment, creating a balanced and holistic urban experience.”

Mr Sunito added, “Kengo Kuma’s unique nature-inspired designs will be quite remarkable and will significantly enhance the Macquarie Park area.”

It is envisaged the project will be brought to market in coming months.

The site benefits from close proximity to Macquarie Centre shopping centre, Macquarie University and two Sydney Metro Stations at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park providing direct access to the surrounding CBDs.

For further information, please visit oneglobalcapital.com.au.