Sky’s the limit


Sold at $10m-plus and another two waiting in the wings.

Queenstown’s most expensive and extraordinary home is under construction high above Glenorchy Road.

The sculpture-like home, called Jagged Edge, juts out from a rocky outcrop amidst Corsican pines in the Lake Ridge sub­division below Alpine Retreat.

The design, sold off the plans two years ago to an unidentified buyer for $10 million-plus, is by Slant Ltd, headed by local engineers Warrick Weber and Glenn Parker.

The pair aren’t allowed to talk about the project due to client confidentiality but information can be gleaned from marketing material and resource consent files.

Jagged Edge is Slant’s first project and the firm is “dedicated to developing the world’s most enticing landscapes into works of art people can live in”.

Last year Weber and Parker launched their similarly futuristic Smartpod modular housing system, where homes can be cantilevered out from hills.

Jagged Edge’s roof is held up by 10 tension cables anchored into schist rock – as a result, the home lends itself to wide open living spaces because there’s no need for internal walls or columns.

Ground and mezzanine floors will be encased in glass, giving spectacular 270deg mountain and lake views.

The glass from the apex of the roof to the ground floor is 11 metres high at an 18deg pitch – the deck in front runs into an “infinity-edge” pool.

Tinted green 22mm thick glass also helps the house blend in with the surrounding landscape.

According to Slant’s website, the home is 575sq m with three mezzanine bedrooms and bathrooms plus a ground floor powder room.

There’s a central double-sided strip burner gas fire to boost underfloor heating.

Local interior designer Carmen Hubber has provided a furniture package “to complement the unique minimalist style”.

At the rear of the home is a breakfast deck catching morning sun, and a two-car garage built into the hillside.

Jagged Edge is said to be “structure-led architecture” like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Paris’s Eiffel Tower – “Designing the steel, concrete, glass and earth as artistic forms in their own right is the ultimate goal.”

There’s very little timber apart from a few partition walls.

Slant has been building the house since December 2007.

The last concrete pour on the 30m-long roof is expected soon and the whole job is due for completion late this year.

Jagged Edge is expected to attract worldwide interest as a trophy property.

Slant is also selling two other Lake Ridge homes off the plans.

Arc, which has a large sweeping semi-circle design, has an asking price of $10.5m and Wave, a sweeping design following the contours of the mountainside, has a $10m ticket.