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Mr X plans Queenstown base

By Anya van Oudtshoorn

A wealthy Chinese Aucklander wants to build a stunning Queenstown home fit for a Bond villain.

The house – an X-shaped mansion which gives the appearance of floating in the middle but is subterranean at each end – has been designed by top Auckland architects Monk Mackenzie, for Xuehua Mo.

The same firm modernised the city’s New Art Gallery for Mo, who goes by the Anglicised name of Frank Mo. It became X Gallery.

X house, planned for Water Race Lane, in the Homestead Preserve of Jack’s Point, features six bedrooms all with ensuites, a media room, spa, wine cellar, several balconies and a three-car garage.

“The dwelling is a bespoke high-end design that complements the outstanding natural landscape in which it is set and the architectural qualities associated with Jack’s Point,” the resource consent document says. It’s not yet been granted consent.

Mo doesn’t want to talk to media about the project, or his plans for world domination, at this stage.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz

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