A new Jack’s lakeside precinct

Water’s-edge hotel: An artist’s impression of Hotel Tewa

A developer has launched plans for an exclusive Queenstown waterfront precinct bordering, and even dangling over, Jack’s Point’s Lake Tewa.

Falconer Group’s released plans for:

●27-room Hotel Tewa,including a ‘hidden’ onsen-like pool, spa and wellness centre, bar and restaurant/function room and common area;

●Eight ‘Lake Houses’, each with their own private jetty and a living room cantilevered over the water;

●56 ‘Alpine Residences’ set back from Lake Tewa amidst landscaped alpine gardens.

To date, the only building near Lake Tewa is Jack’s Point’s Clubhouse Restaurant.

Over the past two years, Falconer’s launched two other Jack’s Point Village commercial/residential precincts, a little further back from the lake — Clubhouse Lane and Village Works.

Falconer’s local sales manager Willie Baddeley says ‘‘the whole vision of Jack’s Point Village is being realised, and it’s just going to absolutely change the whole environment out there for residents and visitors alike’’.

In all, three architectural firms have had a hand designing the Lake Tewa precinct.

Hotel Tewa’s been designed by Cheshire Architects’ Dajiang Tai.

The hotel comprises four complexes — a single-storey stone-clad pavilion bar at the water’s edge, a two-storey gabled ‘Boat House’ with a restaurant on the ground floor and function room above, and two accommodation buildings.

The Lake Houses have been designed by Dunedin’s Mason & Wales, whose director Francis Whitaker says they’ll look like ‘‘little wooden lanterns glowing on the lake’’.

The Alpine Residences have been designed by Archimedia, whose principal Lindsay Mackie says their ‘‘use of natural materials, traditional double-gables and modern flat roofs create a unique local identity’’.

Baddeley, who says the precinct’s being launched to the market shortly, says ‘‘it’s targeted towards the new Queenstown market — people who want an asset they can enjoy when they want, but at the same time generate some sort of return [when they’re not there].’’

Meanwhile, he and colleague Julia Franklin are this week setting up a sales suite in Church Lane, in the CBD.

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