Jade Lake Development, one of Queenstown’s newest residential offerings, is creating a premier, eco-driven architectural complex with features unique to New Zealand.The project is being led by developer Jade Lake Queenstown.
Managing director Min (Homy) Yang says the company is an innovative and dynamic property development company with strong roots in Queens-town as well as international connections.
“Leveraging our rich experiences in large-scale property development and experience, we work closely with New Zealand’s leading professional architects and consultants to deliver premier, eco-friendly homes with long-term value.”
The two-stage development in Wynard Crescent, Fernhill, will cover two sites of more than 2.2 hectares.It will comprise a total of 120 duplex houses, terrace houses, apartment units and visitor accommodation units, ranging from 53m2 to 295m2.
The development is only five minutes drive from central Queenstown and is surrounded by mountain bike and walking trails. “This is a prime spot, with unobstructed views and access to everything Queenstown has to offer on the doorstep. That has become a rarity,” Homy says.
A feature unique in New Zealand is that one of the sites was bought specifically to construct more than 20 apartments sited on a specially engineered bridge structure over a 30-metre-wide gully in the middle of Fernhill.
“The terrain is interesting but also offered a chance to bring something never seen to New Zealand; our bridge buildings will change the thoughts of what is considered possible.”
Construction began late November with earth-works and retaining walls being established. The master design is provided by OZAC Architects which has offices in Auckland, and in China in Shanghai and Tianjin.
“We recognized that OZAC are leading architects, have worked all over the world and could help us to realise the visions we had for the development.”
The development aims to be Homestar rated, with a goal to achieve level six which provides assurance that a house will be better quality, warmer, drier, healthier and cost less to run than a typical new house built to the standard building code.
“Given this we are always looking towards modern building techniques and materials, to create both build efficiencies and the required environmental considerations. Our main structural building material is Nudura from Canada, an EPS foam clad formwork system, which is very efficient for both build and overall structure insulation.”
The development’s comprehensive landscape design was created by multiple award-winning Queenstown firm Baxter Design.
Baxter Design’s completed projects covers large-scale tourism and development projects throughout New Zealand and public spaces including town centre projects and urban design.
When complete, Jade Lake will be its own hub, with a local community feel for its residents to live in. Green spaces will be revegetated with native flora, aimed at recreating the unique New Zealand forest feeling and look for the property. Stage one has been received well by the market, with mostly local sales.
To date 80% of the stage one units have been sold, with ongoing interest from prospective buyers.The overall construction time frame for the full development is expected to be three to four years.
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