Bruce Jay Architect
An innovative Sunshine Coast based architecture practice with a broad range of experience in residential, commercial and industrial projects. Design focused and using the latest technology, Bruce Jay Architect delivers well considered contemporary design solutions with a personal approach. Established in 2006, the practice draws from a background in multi-unit and commercial projects, community housing, industrial buildings, resorts, resorts, luxury residences and renovations. The principal Bruce Jay has worked in the architectural field on the Sunshine Coast for over 17 years and has worked for large established local firms prior to starting his own practice.
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Pelican Waters, 2008
34 Ramsay is located on a difficult Western facing block on a lake in a suburban subdivision. Despite the limitations of the shape of the block it has been designed to allow as many rooms as possible to have good solar aspect to the north. The cantilevered balcony of the upper level provides shading to the northern, eastern and western sides. It is at its deepest to the west where it is most needed to allow for unimpeded views out across the lake. Both operable and fixed screens on the balcony provide for the control of sunlight, breeze and privacy at various times of the day. Internal and external two storey voids allow a sense of interconnectedness between levels. Amenities have been stacked in two storey elements on the Southern side of the plan. North facing clerestories at the topmost level of these elements provide natural light into the two main bathrooms. Despite being arranged deeply along the block all the major upper level spaces are afforded a view of the water. The lower level has a large open plan living arrangement centred around a galley kitchen. Inside spaces are connected to the outdoors with a tiled apron matching the internal floor surface providing a crisp edge to the landscaping. As the apron mimics the shape of the balcony above it provides covered external access to the large western deck. Inspiration was drawn from the modernism of the Late 40’s.
Peregian Beach Residence
Peregian Beach, 2009
The house at Peregian Beach was designed as a holiday escape for the client. A relaxed coastal atmosphere was a priority of the brief along with maximising views to the water where possible. A sandy sloping site dictated a stepped building design which had minimal impact on the natural ground plane. This was achieved by creating a bridging element between a solidly anchored two storey structure (which included an elevated pool) at the bottom of the site and the garage at the top. The two anchored elements were expressed in a sand like texture finish to reflect their more direct relationship with the ground. The remaining building materials respond to the context of the traditional beach house palette of fibre cement with cover battens and timber with corrugated roof sheeting. Elevating the pool above ground provides direct access from the large open plan living room and outdoor living area which sits on the bridging element and forms the hub of the house. A large master suite upstairs allows views from the bedroom, spa bath and shower north and south along the coastline. The colour palette and landscaping were specifically chosen to blend with and complement the existing dune vegetation.
Pelican Waters Residence
Pelican Waters, 2007
Located on a north facing canal front block the Pelican Waters Residence has been designed to take advantage of the benefits of its setting. It has been positioned as close to the canal as possible so that from the major living spaces that you straight down onto the water rather than across a hardstand area. In this way your eye is generally drawn to the water instead of being directed across the canal to other properties. Sectional studies were done during the design process to ensure the wet edge pool would visually mesh with the waterway when both seated and standing in the main living space. The complex plan form was a response to both the site conditions and the brief. The skewed living / dining / master suite wing was deliberately canted at a slight angle to draw your view towards the widest portion of the canal system. As a retirement residence the house was built over a single level and is relatively small for a house in this area with a view to keeping maintenance to a minimum. The main living area was intended to function almost as an outdoor space with operable glass walls to the north and south providing for cross ventilation. The degree of transparency that this creates, provides for the bedroom wing to have a relationship through this space to the pool and canal that a long / narrow site like this would otherwise preclude.