- 07.09.21

Dahua’s Hawthorn Park Shortlisted for Development Innovation Prize


We are incredibly excited to share that our recently completed project, Hawthorn Park, has been shortlisted for the Property Council of Australia’s 2021 Innovation & Excellence Awards! The project has been shortlisted for the Development Innovation Award and is also a finalist for the Urban Developer Award for 2021 Development of the Year in the high density residential category.

Designed by architecture firm Rothelowman, Hawthorn Park is a $300 million project with multiple facades to three streets in Hawthorn East. The design itself is a reflection of the innovation and experience of the Rothelowman team. One of the project’s most notable features is without doubt the suspended pool, the first of its kind in a residential development in Australia! The 25 metre sky-pool is awe inspiring, known to quite literally stop people in the street as they pass below. It’s a truly bespoke design, specially built in Italy and then put together on site.

Hawthorn Park’s sky-pool and its builder, Aloha Pools, has also recently been recognised with three gold awards by SPASA Victoria for Best Commercial Pool over $1,000,000, Innovative Project, and Commercial Project of the Year.

The show stopping pool isn’t the only innovation! The master planned site also includes a central park designed by renowned landscape architect Jack Merlo, for residents to enjoy. This was achieved by splitting the large, campus-style site into four low-rise buildings instead of opting for one large one. The central residences overlook the park, which provides a green vista, encouraging connectivity to nature and community. They are also oriented to maximise natural light. Every design element at Hawthorn Park has been considered with the intention of maximising wellbeing for residents and adding to the Hawthorn community’s built identity.

The Central Park is beginning to establish itself now, with trees maturing and parkland flourishing day by day. The stepped rice paddy landforms and stone terraces of Machu Pichu inspired the design of the internal facades and park-like landscaping. Textured, horizontal concrete bands evoke the idea of stone terraces on a hillside, creating strata-like levels.

Watch our video tour of Hawthorn Park to experience the development for yourself.

Our congratulations and best wishes to all the other finalists in this year’s PCA Innovation & Excellence Awards. Stay tuned for updates as we look forward to the Awards Presentation in November.