Champions of Change

A good article by Carter Williamson Architects promoting Crone’s participation as well as 9 other leading Australian Architectural firms, in the Champion of Change (COS) Program, run by the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter. The COS program is about promoting gender equality in the workplace.

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180 Daisho aerial photography

Crone recently engaged a photographer to take aerial photographs of 180 Daisho, a 60,000m2 commercial office tower located in Ann Street, Brisbane. 180 Daisho is a 34 level, 6 Star Green Star office tower with a striking super graphic of the Brisbane River designed to the north east facade.

180 Daisho is ambitious, gutsy and a highly intelligent building. The tower will be Brisbane’s first, 6 Star Green Star V3 certified office building and is aiming for a 5.5 star NABERS Energy rating. This is the highest sustainability rating attainable through the Green Building Council of Australia’s rating system and described as World Leadership. Crone worked closely with Floth Engineers to design a very efficient, world class, sustainable building.

The buildings facade features a dramatic motif of the Brisbane River which is highly recognisable from a number of vantage points throughout the city and becomes a theme throughout the development.

The structural design is innovative. By utilising a side core to the office floor plate, we were able to straddle the Brisbane railway lines that run directly under the site. Crone worked with Arcadis structural engineers to develop the structural system, which uses in part, a series of large diagonal trusses to support the typical floor plates. This strategic thinking helped unlock the opportunities of the site. The resulting floor plates are regular in shape, open planned, saturated with light and with spectacular views of the city.

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crone.com.au/project/taft-east-gate/

Source: crone.com.au/project/taft-east-gate/

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from a house to mega towers – a philippines update

A few weeks ago, Vish and I travelled to the Philippines to be part of the Austrade and the Australian Governments’, “Celebrate Australia Day” program in the Philippines. Unfortunately, we missed out on our Australia Day public holiday in Sydney, but fortunately, we were able to spend quality time with our friends in Makati.

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We visited the Arya Residences on McKinley Parkway to take some photos of our development designed in 2009. Arya is nearly complete, a twin tower, LEED Gold certified, sustainable development located in Bonifacio Global City. The site is located just 20 minutes drive from Makati…….on a good day……for those that understand what Manila traffic is all about. This is my photo of Vish taking a photo of Arya, from the roundabout at the entry to the American War Memorial site.

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Arthaland’s signature project, the Arya Residences, is highly acclaimed both in the Philippines and abroad, having won several awards at the East Asia Property Awards and the Philippine Property Awards.

We met with CASAS Architects to discuss 2 projects we are collaboratively working on in Cebu; TAFT East Gate in Central Cebu for HT Land and The Bond House (CASAS have named the house, the “Iron Man House”, which we like as well) for a private client in the Hills of Cebu.

This is a view of one of the many study models of the House. We have just finished Schematic Design and are now looking into a Design Development Phase for the interiors. You can see from the photograph the design incorporates an expansive entertainment deck and wet edge swimming pool that runs the full length of the deck. An amazing spot for a party! The house gently lands on a steep sloping site, with stunning views of the country side, a tree lined ravine and pocket glimpses of the Mactan Channel in the distance. The design promotes sustainable living with a series of Green Initiatives integral to the design including; passive solar control, natural ventilation, atrium stack effect cooling, sun shading and PVC technology.

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L1 and L2 Family External render night

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Taft East Gate is a 4 tower development in Cebu for Taft Property Venture Capital and includes residential, Commercial, Hotel and a retail shopping centre. Tower 1 documentation of the residential tower is complete. Site works have commenced and the display suite should be operational by next month. The design incorporates a “crinkle cut” facade to the towers, creating movement and drama and essential shading to the apartments. The image below was provided courtesy of CASAS Architects.

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Another major site in Makati we visited was our Garden Towers project, a Premier Grade twin tower residential condominium development for AYALA Land Premier. The 2 towers will be quite stricking on the city skyline and will reach a similar height to the towers you can see in the background of the photo below. The project features green sky lobbies, summer gardens, extensive landscape areas and a green wall at the porte corche drop-off. A quality development located in the heart of the shopping precinct in Makati, promoting a healthy lifestyle and work / live environment.

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gaisano property invests in cebu waterfront project

Below is a link to an article in the Business Inquirer on a project we are doing in the Philippines for HT Land (A joint venture between Hong Kong Land & Taft Property). The project is named Mandani Bay and located on a 20 hectare site on the banks of Mactan Channel in Mandaue.

http://business.inquirer.net/204906/gaisano-property-unit-invests-in-cebu-waterfront-project

business inquirer – cebu waterfront

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connected with the philippines

International Experience
A Global Challenge Opportunity

Right now, the world is more connected than our ancestors dared to imagine. At CRONE, we aren’t limited by boundaries of distance, culture or dialect; in fact, we’ve found that working with new climates, lifestyles and values encourages us to expand our thinking in every aspect of what we do.

Our international experience has seen us lead projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Be it a major urban planning initiative, office tower, retail precinct or a residential dwelling, our designers are determined to improve the world’s cities, one building at a time. With such diversity, each project is unique and involves in-person consultations, responding creatively to local needs and the nuances of culture.

We established a presence in Manila in the 90s, undertaking a number of major master planning projects. In the last 10 years Crone have designed a number of significant Premier Grade residential towers, commercial office buildings and urban masterplan Projects in both Manila and Cebu. At the core of our design methodology is promoting a collaborative Design Process that promotes sensitivity to the environment. The Arya Residences for example achieved both a LEED Gold Star and BERDE rating and has won multiple awards in Asia.

10 – years crone have been working in the Philippines
1 – luxury house design in cebu
9 – separate projects in various stages of design and construction
17 – towers in design and construction stages in 2015
1 – master plan with 1,200,000m2 of GFA and 23 towers
10 – towers under construction in manila and cebu
6,000 – Condominium Apartments
4 – Commercial BPO office space with 180,000m2 of GFA

A chronology of work

2014+_James Bond House – Schematic Design Complete
Cebu
GFA = 1,500m2
Residential House

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2014_The Alcoves – Design Complete / Marketing Stage
Cebu
Residential Tower
GFA = 60,000m2
460 Condominiums
AYALA Land Premier

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2014_Mandani Bay Masterplan – Design Complete
Cebu
Masterplan 20 hectares
GFA = 1,200,000m2
12 stages
HT Land

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2013-2014_Megablock – Design Complete / Under Construction
Commercial office BPO x 4 towers
GFA = 180,000m2
Typical Floor GLA = 2,000m2
Tower 1 complete 2017 / 4 Towers by 2022
Filinvest Inc.

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2013_Taft East Gate – Design Complete / Under Construction
Cebu
Residential & Commercial Towers x 4
GFA = 225,000m2
4,000 Condominiums
Taft Property Venture Capital

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2013-2014_128 Nivell Hills – Design Complete / Excavation Complete
Cebu
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 70,000m2
550 condominiums
Diamond Hiland Inc + MSY Holdings

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128 Nivel Hills

2011_Garden Towers – Design Complete / Under Construction
Makati
Residential Towers x 2
70,000m2
630 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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2009-2010_Arya Residences – Design Complete / Under Construction
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
76,000m2
640 condominiums
Construction Complete 2015
ArthaLand

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2006_One Serendra – Design Complete / Construction Complete
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 90,000m2
600 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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AIA Mentoring Program 2015_ Stukel Stone Architects

It is a great pleasure being involved in the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), NSW Chapter Mentoring Program this year. As a first timer in the program, I was a bit concerned about what was expected of me, but the AIA provided exceptional support and training sessions to help Mentors and Mentees get the most out of their sessions.

What made the job even easier was being matched with Daniel Stukel Beasly and his wife Tobhiyah Stone Feller, who are founders of their practice named Stukel Stone Architects. It is a very interesting marriage of Architecture and Theatre which brings to the firm a unique spin on design. Together we have identified clear goals in our sessions and I am amazed at how quickly these are being achieved. Looking forward to seeing the firm grow even more over the next few years!

Stukel Stone Architects

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garden towers update

The name “Garden Towers” was derived from a number of green initiatives in the master plan, including green landscaped gardens, green roofs, a green wall at the entrance of the residential development and green sky lobbies designed every 4 levels of the tower.

Garden Towers is an AYALA Land Premier Grade development located in Central Makati in the heart of the Retail Precinct. Our role was the early design phases; Concept Master Plan, Schematic Design and Design Development Review and the local architect AIDEA produced the Detail Documentation.

The Condo’s are selling extraordinarily well. In August 2015 Tower 1 was 92% sold and Tower 2, 70% sold. I wish I had the money and I would have bought one myself.

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new crone website – what do you think?

Check out our new website!

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the power of the oculus

The Oculus is a highly sophisticated computer device that allows the user to experience a virtual world by wearing a head piece. When you put the goggles on, you are transformed into an amazing computer generated world, where your imagination has no limits. You can create buildings and spaces not constrained by structure or gravity. Together with Crone Architects, Sunny Chan from Ivolve Studios, has been developing the virtual software to run off the Oculus device and other VR (Virtual Reality) devices. For example the software allows you to, stand in a luscious green courtyard and look around at a virtual world of buildings, birds, trees, people and look up at a brilliantly sunny day, or stand in a living room looking at a custom designed television cabinet you always wanted and at the marble kitchen bench, fridge cabinetry and parquetry flooring you designed with your architect. The beauty of the software is it allows you to experience a building, or interior space, without having to build it.

What we didn’t realize, was when wearing the Oculus goggles, it also has the power to transform our staff into something quiet disturbing. I was lucky enough I couldn’t see this happening before my eye, due to wearing the goggles. Extreme caution should be used when using VR headsets.

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And then the fun began;

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This is why I love our office….