After a turbulent three years that included four building companies going bust, Queenstown’s most expensive super-home is finally ready to move into.
Work on the $10 million space-age glass mansion above Glenorchy Road ground to a halt in March 2009 when locally-based design-build firm Jagged Ltd ran into trouble, leaving the project mired in financial chaos.
But our exclusive pictures show the dream pad – known as Jagged Edge – is now complete and swanky furnishings and interior artwork are already installed.
Nationwide specialists Metro GlassTech were brought in early last year to finish the job by the house’s owner, Wellington businessman Julian McPike.
The result is “one of the most spectacular homes in all of New Zealand” says Owen Booth, boss of Metro GlassTech’s effects department in Christchurch.
“As a non-commercial, residential property, it’s an epic piece of work in an exceptional location,” Booth says.
“We stopped feeding it glass about six weeks ago and it’s got to be worth $10m-plus.
The Jagged Edge roof is held up by 10 tension cables anchored into a schist-rock cliff and mezzanine floors are encased in glass, giving spectacular 270deg mountain and lake views.
Glass walls – from the apex of the roof to the ground floor – are 11 metres high at an 18deg pitch and the deck in front runs into an “infinity-edge” swimming pool.
Massive 22mm-thick green-tinted glass panels – made to order in Singapore at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars – also help the house blend in with the surrounding landscape.
The home is a whopping 575sq m with three mezzanine bedrooms and bathrooms plus a ground-floor powder room. A central gas fire boosts underfloor heating.
At the rear of the house – described as “a mathematical masterpiece” by one glass designer who worked on it – is a breakfast deck and a two-car garage built into the hillside.
It’s believed the low-profile McPike has already moved in, with just finishing touches to be added to the interior and surrounding grounds.