Published on : Monday, June 6, 2016
In a region with a plethora of luxury lodges and hotel suites, Jagged Edge literally stands alone. A holiday home belonging to a New Zealand family, the property is unique and unrivalled in design, location and privacy.
Anchored to the rock with steel cables drilled deep into the mountain, the bold, dart-shaped glass and steel prism appears to catapult from the rock face as if heading for the sky. From a distance, the roof looks as if it is held up by the talons of a giant peregrine. The Hanging from a cliff on a mountainside, 10 minutes from Queenstown New Zealand, is the jewel-like Jagged Edge, a rare undiscovered gem in the ultra-luxury private villa accommodation market.
One of the owners and designers of Jagged Edge, Wellington-based mechanical engineer Julian McPike said 8000 cubic metres of rock were excavated to form the platform for the house. A wine cave and garage are chiselled even further into the bedrock.
Floor-to-ceiling steel rods and bolts support glass walls that jut out from the base at an 18-degree angle, soaring to 9.2m at the apex of the triangle. A 5m by 6m infinity spa pool sits to one side of the prow.
The structure is so light on the landscape, it’s nearly invisible – you can see through it to the mountains and lake on the other side.The interior design of the three-bedroom, four-bathroom house is almost entirely open plan and the décor is deliberately understated – free from any impediment to the 270-degree panorama of Queenstown’s trademark glacier-gouged Remarkables and Cecil and Walter Jagged Edge guests in the infinity spa pool, toasting the historic TSS Earnslaw as she steams towards Queenstown from Walter Peak in New Zealand.
Man-made adornments are superfluous when landscape masterpieces fill one’s entire field of vision through the glass walls surrounding the kitchen, living, dining and entertainment areas downstairs, and the bedrooms and bathrooms on a mezzanine platform upstairs. Even the freestanding bath in the white porcelain-tiled master ensuite and the double shower that runs the full length of the bathroom have mountain and lake views.
Among the few embellishments are two dramatic lighting features – an eye-catching mosaic head from Mexico and an imposing glass sculpture of a kiwi in the stairwell designed by New Zealand artist Peter Stoneham.
With its pale, timber flooring, glass walls and clean lines, the overall effect is one of understated elegance. It’s a luxurious, restful place, devoid of fussy decoration.
Jagged Edge is awash with smart technology designed by Julian McPike: the sickle-shaped bar that rises from the floor; wall-panels that float across the mezzanine floor to enclose the open-plan bedrooms; the grand piano that can be programmed to play itself; the spa pool that automatically lowers the water level to allow a recessed cover Jagged Edge, in Queenstown New Zealand, is a unique property, unrivalled in design, location and privacy. Credit Justine Tyermanto slide across the surface; the subterranean wine cave tunnelled into the schist. Not to mention the Sonos sound system and 103” Panasonic television set into the wall with its own cooling system.
But the highlight of my stay was made by nature, albeit assisted by man – the dazzling kaleidoscope of reflections on the pool and the glass walls at sunset.
When not ensconced in the 38-degree water of the spa pool, guests can use the facilities at the near-by equally-palatial five-bedroom, six-bathroom guest house. The house, which can be rented separately or in conjunction with Jagged Edge, has a heated swimming pool, spa pool, sauna, Jagged Edge, in Queenstown New Zealand, is a unique property, unrivalled in design, location and privacy.
Source:-Tourism New Zealand