Curved beach house with copper facade unlike any other on the Gold Coast

first_imgThe modern style gives it a classy edge. No expense has been spared inside. Admire the ocean and surrounding bushland while taking a dip.A refrigerated wine collectors’ cabinet is a highlight while European appliances and a teppanyaki hotplate complement the kitchen.There are seven bedrooms throughout the house, most of which are on the first floor.Doors between four adjacent bedrooms can be opened to create one large room while the main has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to a deck. An identical guest bedroom is on the top floor.A rumpus room on the first floor opens onto a deck that leads to a grassed area and pool. Downstairs, four cars can comfortably park in the carport and there is plenty of storage. A glass lift services all three levels.Mrs Holmes couldn’t pick a favourite feature.“The wine cabinet is pretty gorgeous — it’s like art really — and obviously the copper wave,” she said. “And then there’s the view of Currumbin Creek and the ocean.”She said the whole family would miss the house but they wanted to move closer to their children’s school.“I feel like it’s so warm that any family could walk in and say ‘this is home’,” she saidIt is listed through Kollosche agents Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy under an expressions of interest campaign, which closes on September 11. “The property is built on a hill and the hill is quite steep,” Mrs Holmes said. “We thought if we keep it simple, it won’t look over the top.”A wide deck on the top floor makes the most of the house’s surroundings.It is the perfect spot to soak up the panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest.Open the sliding glass doors and the deck becomes part of the combined kitchen, living and dining area. MORE NEWS: Surprising suburb named one of Australia’s most affordable What a view!IT is one of the most unusual yet impressive houses on the Gold Coast.Shaped like a wave with a copper clad facade, the distinctive residence, which is perched on a hillside that borders Currumbin National Park and overlooks the ocean, is in a league of its own.Designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects, the three-storey house has been built to a high standard.In fact, its cutting-edge design has earned it a couple of accolades, including a Master Builder award. The kitchen is contemporary with top-of-the-line appliances. Its curved shaped resembles a wave. It’s built onto a hillside.While it appears to be a trophy home, owners Krystle and Mark Holmes designed it with their five children in mind.In need of more space for their growing clan and wanting to be closer to the beach, the couple put pen to paper and called in the experts to create their dream family home.“My husband and I, we wanted to build something for our children,” Mrs Holmes said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I’m very hands on, so is my husband, so everything in our home is how we wanted it. Every detail my husband and I chose.”Natural materials including timber, stone, iron and stainless steel are featured throughout the contemporary residence and help it blend into its surrounding environment. MORE NEWS: Restored Hamptons house the most popular pad going to auctionlast_img read more

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: author of Leicester’s football fairytale

first_img0Shares0000Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha oversaw Leicester City’s Premier League title triumph in 2016 © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLondon, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City feared dead after his helicopter crashed outside the Premier League club’s stadium on Saturday, is the author of one of football’s greatest fairytales.Also a polo enthusiast, Vichai, 60, endeared himself forever to Leicester fans when the unfashionable club broke the grip of English football’s traditional giants to win the Premier League in 2016 — the first top-flight title in their history. The title win, priced by bookmakers at 5,000-1 odds before the season began, put the city in England’s Midlands on the global sporting map and brought glory to generations of long-suffering fans.The Foxes have been unable to reach the same meteoric heights since, finishing 12th in the following season and ninth in 2017-18.But they are now firmly established in the Premier League unlike when Vichai took over in 2010 with the club languishing in the Championship, English football’s second tier.“He made the club from second division up to first division winners and made the club a big Premier League club today,” said former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, the first Leicester manager hired by Vichai in 2010.Leicester were promoted to the top flight by winning the Championship in the 2013/14 season just two years before shocking the world by winning the Premier League.Unlike many foreign owners of English clubs seen as having little connection to local fans, the bespectacled Thai was known for his unerring common touch.Fans were treated to a free beer to celebrate his birthday ahead of a match against Newcastle in April this year.Season-ticket prices have been frozen for the past four seasons, while Vichai also donated £2 million ($2.5 million) to help build a local children’s hospital in the aftermath of the club’s title triumph.“They’ve been wonderful with the fans but they’ve been wonderful with the wider community,” said Matt Davis, vice-chairman of the Foxes Trust fans’ group.“They are not your average businessman (and his family) that attend a handful of games a season, they are here every game and this that’s unfolding is just a total tragedy.”Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha often flew in to watch matches at Leicester’s King Power stadium in his helicopter © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFDespite his popularity, Vichai remains an enigmatic figure, rarely giving interviews, and preferring to let his son Aiyawatt, known as “Top”, act as the family frontman.The sight of him arriving and leaving from matches in his helicopter from the centre-circle of the pitch was a common sight.It was from there he was believed to have boarded and taken off after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham before the helicopter crashed in the car park directly outside the stadium.– Shrewd investment –Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha endeared himself forever to Leicester fans when the unfashionable club broke the grip of England’s giants to win the Premier League in 2016 © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTLeicester supporters quickly warmed to him after he bought the then Championship strugglers for an estimated 40 million pounds.The devout Buddhist is a firm believer in the power of karma, flying in Thai monks to bless Leicester’s pitch and give their players lucky amulets.And while pumping tens of millions of pounds into the team, club infrastructure and reducing debt, Vichai spent judiciously.Leicester’s title triumph was built on an exceptional scouting network that plucked star striker Jamie Vardy from non-league side Fleetwood Town and N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez from the French second division.“He (Vichai) is a successful businessman and he tried to challenge himself to get something done,” Top, Leicester’s vice-chairman, told AFP in Bangkok in 2016.“He said, I think two or three years before, that he wants the team to be a success in the Premier League, and now we are.”– Royal connections –Known for rubbing shoulders with celebrities, his surname, meaning “light of progressive glory,” was bestowed by Thailand’s late king Bhumibol Adulyadej.The avuncular Vichai has carefully navigated Thailand’s treacherous political waters of recent years, while taking his King Power empire from strength to strength.He established the company in 1989, starting with a single shop in Bangkok and building a multi-billion-dollar empire.King Power hit the jackpot in 2006 when it won the duty-free concession at Bangkok’s cavernous new Suvarnabhumi airport, and with it a captive market of tens of millions of travellers.In 2007, a year after ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City’s former owner, was dumped from office in a coup, Vichai saw off legal moves to break his duty-free monopoly.In a kingdom where connections count, he now firmly belongs to the royalist establishment that turfed out Thaksin. His family received its royal surname in 2013.Before football, his first sporting love was polo, the sport beloved of the international elite, and both he and Top are accomplished players.Vichai boasts a lifetime membership at London’s Ham Polo Club, frequented by the British royals, and also spent around £30 million in a stable of thoroughbred horses.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more