The “World’s First Gold House” By Stuart Hughes
Stuart Hughes, the British designer renowned for his lavish use of gold to create customised luxury items, has completed his most ostentatious project to date – a luxury home featuring over 200,000kg of solid gold.
Mr Hughes designed the residence as part of a collaboration with Swiss company exklusivHAUS – creators of unique custom homes – for a client requesting something out of the ordinary.
The completion of the property took five-and-a-half years at a cost of $12.2 billion (£7.5 billion), making it the world’s most expensive home, usurping a $2 billion (£1.2 billion) Mumbai property owned by Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani.
The house, which resides at a secret location in Switzerland near the Italian border, also features platinum fixtures and fittings and flooring made from meteoric stone with shavings of original 65-million-year-old T-Rex Dinosaur bones embedded in each tile.
Spread across 2,442 square metres, the property boasts 8 rooms, a vast terrace, a basement with a special stone wine cellar and a garage large enough for 4 cars.
Amongst the other gold luxury items created by Stuart Hughes are a Rolls Royce Phantom and an Apple iPhone 4.