This ground level forms a large basement where owners and guests park their cars, and is the main entry point to the home effectively creating a large, subterranean porte cochére.
"This level also houses a climate-controlled wine cellar, bar, and a dedicated home theatre. The garage itself is like no other it's fully tiled and lined in oak, with art on the walls. Very James Bond," Campbell says.
The architect envisaged the garage as a large car showroom, built to very high specification.
"When the homeowners are in residence, the garage door is left open and people drive directly into the bottom of the building," says Whitaker. "From here, they enter the house via a suspended glass door system into a timber-lined lobby that contains the cantilevered staircase and lift that both access the two floors above."
The next level is dedicated to the owners' children, and contains three bedrooms, a large rumpus room, the laundry, and a self-contained maid's suite. Above that, the topmost floor is effectively a one-bedroom, glass-fronted house, with huge indoor and outdoor living areas, and an even more expansive view.
This upper level is visually much lighter than the floors below, which give it the effect of floating in the sky above Queenstown. The large eaves that extend out from the pavilion reflect and accentuate the layered nature of the design.
"Overall, it's a planar design, with enormous concrete floor plates, supported by stone-clad concrete walls and chimneys that break through the floors, creating an extremely forceful composition," says Whitaker. "The top floor is a steel and glass pavilion again punctuated by the schist columns with a pop-up roof. The raised roof contributes to a high four-metre stud in this area and admits more light thanks to the clerestory windows directly underneath it."