December 12, 2016

Dream Eco-Home Of Russian Hemp Tycoon Will Be Noosa’s Priciest Abode


An international industrial hemp trader is building one of Australia’s most expensive and ­spectacular eco-homes at Queensland’s exclusive Sunshine Beach.
Russian Evgeny Skigin has commissioned a leading architect to build a $14 million six-bedroom, seven-bathroom contemporary home nestled into the hillside next to Noosa National Park.
The Australian has viewed planning documents for the “Skigin House”, on almost a hectare of absolute beachfront vacant land purchased by Liechtenstein-based Universal Property Company Establishment in late 2013 for $5.4m. The multi-million-dollar house is set to be one of Australia’s finest homes, in one of the nation’s best settings.
Early works have started on the site, after Universal Property Company Establishment awarded a $14m tender to Queensland builders Hutchinson for the challenging two-year construction.
The curved concrete and timber home spans more than 1400sq m of living space across three levels. It is designed for privacy in a structure that blends into the environment, with green awnings and a green roof.
Prominent architect Noel Robinson, whose workbook ­includes Brisbane’s equal-tallest tower, Skytower, said the client was confidential. He said the home was designed to sit unobtrusively in the natural surrounds and the client had allowed “a generous budget”.
“It’s a very special building and a very special site,” he said. “You only get one chance at this site and we’re privileged to work on it.”
Hutchinson’s Sunshine Coast area manager Michael Michell, who also declined to comment on the client, said the house was set to be a spectacular but unobtrusive landmark. He said the build would be difficult and complex due to engineering and scale.
“It is more commercial than residential,” he said. “It’s going to be a fairly impressive build.”
The house will be largely “off-grid”, with solar panels, batteries, water storage, a greywater system, natural pool filtration and a green roof and panelling.
Mr Skigin, understood to be aged in his 30s, is listed as a representative of the Cyprus-registered hemp company Konoplex Ltd, a member of the European Industrial Hemp Association.
The Australian was unable to contact Mr Skigin by email or phone.
The lowest level will include a large lounge spilling out to a pool terrace alongside a leisure pool and a lap pool. Inside is a cinema, gym, steam room, sauna and ice bath with changing facilities.
The lift takes residents up to the main living level. There the dining area and living space look out to uninterrupted views of the ocean. The kitchen includes a separate butler’s pantry, freezer room and cold store.
Five bedrooms all face the ocean and have ensuites. On the top level is a guest suite, workshop and study. There is parking for six cars.
The Lions Head pocket of Sunshine Beach is home to some of Australia’s most prominent identities. A neighbouring home is owned by television producer John Stainton. Down the road, tennis star Pat Rafter’s home is on the market.
Local real estate agent Peter Butt said the Sunshine Beach waterfront market was confined to just 54 homes and it was only increasing in prestige.
“It’s a very strong market,” he said. “Another $20m asset at the northern end of Sunshine Beach is quite a significant sign. It will be the most expensive single residence in Noosa.”

By Roseanne Barrett and Mark Schliebs

With many thanks to The Australian 

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