Russian hemp tycoon's $14m Sunshine Coast dream

A $14 million eco home being built overlooking Sunshine Beach.
A $14 million eco home being built overlooking Sunshine Beach.

A WEALTHY Russian hemp trader building a spectacular $14 million Sunshine Beach eco-home beside the Noosa National Park is sparing no expense to bring a different blend of greenery to him.

Evgeny Skigin is reportedly behind the two-year build  by Hutchinson Builders of the highly unusual domed green roof, across part of the sprawling six-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion, which will sprout its own native bush.

Leading architect Noel Robinson, who chairs the Sunshine Coast Urban design Advisory Panel,  was given the job of realising one of  Australia's most expensive eco-builds on a sand hill with 1400sq m of living space across three levels.
The bottom level includes a large lounge, terrace and lap pool while other house features include a cinema, gym, steam room, sauna and ice bath.
Mr Skigin, a self-described entrepreneur in natural fibres, is based in Holland but travels Europe looking at new materials to be made into natural fibres.

He is a member of the European Industrial Hemp Association and a representative of Konoplex Ltd, a registered hemp company.

Mr Robinson said: "It's the most expensive homes we've done. It is a unique site - it deserves a decent house that responds to the climate."

He said the house has a very wide conservation zone facing the national park to the beach.

"We had a very good client who was keen on doing the best outcome he could do in terms of the environment.

"It's certainly a low impact house on the site, much of it' s built into the site," he said.

"It's got a landscaped roof on part of it, not on all of it and a number of solar batteries and Tesla batteries so it's a house that's mainly off the grid," he said.

"The earth improves the thermal mass of the building and it basically avoids the roof from becoming a heat sink. It's an important piece of sustainable design."

Sunshine Coast landscape architect James Birrell will relish his task of greening up the site in about a year's time and described this challenge as "transformative".

"The brief was to bring the native landscape from the national park in and across the building, so we did a lot of study of the area to see which would be suitable for a green roof design.

"It's been quite an interesting process to come up with plants that were suitable for a very shallow depth green roof," Mr Birrell said.

He said a big challenge was to keep the soil on the roof.

"Most green roofs are on a single plain whereas this is a dome-shaped green roof. I think some of the things we've developed during the project have and exciting future in how we can adapt them in future projects as well."

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