An architectural masterpiece made easier with Hebel

Luxury apartment complex Viking by Crown is one of the most significant aspects of a planned transformation of a former industrial area into the dynamic inner-city precinct of Green Square. Green Square encompasses a 278 hectare site and is expected to be home to 53,000 new residents and 22,000 new workers by 2030. With Sydney CBD and the International Airport just 5km away, the development is perfectly positioned for work and leisure.

Within Viking by Crown itself, you can look out over Waterloo from the third floor as you soak up the sun on the pool deck, take a plunge into the stunning 25m pool, or work out in the fully equipped gymnasium. A café at ground level opens onto a terrace, providing the ideal spot to meet with friends or simply watch the world go by.

The $46m Viking by Crown development introduces an entirely new architectural medium to Sydney’s urban apartment living. 

The Build and Challenges

The architects of this superb residential development, MHN Design Union, took their inspiration from internationally renowned Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, founder of the post war kinetic art movement and creator of ground breaking sculpture, paintings and architecture. With acute angles, cantilevered windows and deeply recessed loggias the effect is of an ever-changing architectural masterpiece. Representing a new statement on design, structural panels of stark yellow and brilliant red surprise and delight, adding to the unique sense of space that the landmark residential development creates.

Flexibility in construction, ease and speed of installation and low waste were key considerations for MHN Design when contemplating the design of the project, as well as wet weather resistance. Familiar with Hebel through previous experiences and projects, the architectural firm was keen to incorporate Hebel for both internal and external walls of the development.

Hebel PowerPanel was specified for its superior qualities, the speed of construction and ease of installation. The ease of the materials handling during delivery, forklift and craning allowed design elements to be incorporated into the project that wouldn’t have been possible using other building materials.

Other important factors in the decision making process to include Hebel’s strong acoustic dampening properties and high fire rating levels, along with the low waste in comparison to using wet trades – meaning the project was able to satisfy environmental requirements.


The Hebel PowerPanel system provides solid feeling, secure, steel-reinforced walls, which boast strong acoustic values for added privacy and sound insulation for inhabitants.

Gary Cory, Crown Group’s General Manager of Construction, concurs, “Hebel PowerPanel is an excellent building material offering low waste, low clean up and design flexibility. With less wet trades required there is faster construction and therefore lower overhead costs. We have been really happy with the results and have had no complaints or issues upon completion of development.”

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