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Home, views that take your breath away

Kim Stewart Dec 12
Home, views that take your breath away
Each bedroom has its own walk-in robe and en-suite’s along with its own kitchenette and living space.

Commanding breathtaking views of Lake Wakitipu and Coronet Peak, the 347sqm property known to its owners as Lanah Residence is under construction in the exclusive Queenstown suburb of Kelvin Heights.

A striking design by young and innovative Queenstown architectural practice Hyndman Taylor, each room captures the sun and natural beauty that defines New Zealand’s picturesque tourist hotspot.

As Bruce Wyndman, managing director of Bruce Wyndham Building and a craftsman builder says, just the smell in the air is enough to make you feel you are on holiday.

Engaged by the property’s owners to develop their architectural dream into reality, Bruce Wyndham describes the property as a horizontal V shape positioned superbly on the landscape to take full advantage of the visual splendour.

At the bottom level of each wing a large garage and basement area provides ample garaging and storage space along with an elevator – the only way occupants can enter the property from the outside.

Above the basement, one level sits on one wing, while the other has two levels – each of the levels provides space for individual 60sqm apartment-like bedrooms.

“Each spacious bedroom has its own walk-in robe and en-suite’s along with its own kitchenette and living space,” explains Bruce. “There’s also a very well appointed main kitchen, dining, living space and deck that sits above the garage/basement areas.”

“The biggest challenge that we experienced was the wet weather – trying to get the foundations dug and completed. There was significant cost involved in the ground excavation – going down about 8 metres. There was a lot of rockwork involved.”

The architects have opted for a Viking Warm Air roof system. Designed for low sloping roofs, the insulation is installed on top of the roof structure. “In this case the roof will have a gravel layer on top of the roof, an architectural element to assist with sound proofing and heat loss prevention. Right from the foundation, the building has been engineered and constructed to accommodate the significant weight of the roof.”

Home, views that take your breath away

A mix of Alpolic coloured aluminium, fibre cement board, cedar and schist has been selected as the exterior cladding elements. A large garage and basement area provides ample garaging and storage space along with an elevator – the only way occupants can enter the property from the outside

A mix of Alpolic coloured aluminium, fibre cement board, cedar and schist has been selected as the exterior cladding elements. Reflecting on the build, Bruce says that everything had gone well, in no small part due to the commitment and collaboration with the people he has been working with including the waterproofing company, the excavation company, the local building merchants, the subcontractors and his own team of skilled craftsmen.”

With over 45 years experience building homes of distinction and 18 years working in the Queenstown area, Bruce and his team are at their happiest building bespoke architectural homes that are both special and challenging in their design.

“I finished off a castle in Christchurch a few years ago and that was an amazing build – a life-time thing. Lanah Residence isn’t on the same scale as that but it’s pretty special all the same.”

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