Ocean Boulevard


Perched on the cliff top of Jan Juc, this Zen Architect designed home is exposed to all the elements that mother nature has to offer.

The Ocean Boulevard House evokes the fond memory of the elevated timber beach house it replaced.

Architect | Zen Architects

By referencing the old beach house’s simple, elegant form and practical, efficient spaces, we designed something entirely new yet surprisingly familiar. Integral to the brief was the contrasting needs of the desire to capture ocean views, while providing privacy and protection from cold southerly winds. The existing footprint was re-used but the form was re-designed to respond to these needs while also harnessing solar gain for passive heating in winter and cross ventilation for passive cooling in summer.

Zen House


Designed by Zen Architects this eco-friendly home is at one with nature.

The Zen house is an uncompromising exercise in cradle to cradle recycling to create a contemporary family home imbued with the spirit of the existing site.

The 1970’s beach house previously on the site was dismantled carefully for reassembly within the context of the new building.

Design | Ricardo Zen
Photography | Emma Cross

The existing garden was retained and increased in size by reducing the new building’s footprint. This allowed for a productive garden to thrive on the northern façade, helping to control sun and wind and making the house feel more comfortable and connected to the ground. The goal was to establish a relationship between occupants, house and site.

No timber from the demolition works left the site: oregon rafters were reused as cabinetry, stair treads; all floor boards and decking boards were de-nailed and reused and the original hard wood stumps were reused as the front entry stairs. Windows from the house were reused internally to separate the study from the living room and externally to shelter the north facing deck from sea breezes. PVC plumbing pipes, light fittings and the wood fire was reused.

The radially sawn timber fins on the east façade angle variably, animating the façade like a wave above the viewer when approaching the building. This twisted façade serves to protect the southern end of the upper floor decks from cold south-easterly breezes while opening out to the sun and views at the northern end. These timber fins are visible both inside and out, which ties the building together reinforcing the feelings of shelter and connection to the natural world.

Designed by Ricardo Zen, this home is nestled in a quiet court in Jan Juc, on the Surf Coast of Victoria.

St Georges Way – The Sands


The perfect house for entertainment

The perfect entertainer this house was designed for a large family or for people who like to entertain.

As with most of our houses this house has a northerly aspect which also overlooks the fourth hole fairway on The Sands Torquay golf courses and beyond to a rural outlook. This house is like the Links Drive house, it has been constructed with the environment in mind. With living spaces on both levels, insulation was very important not only to retain the warmth but to control the sound between floors.

The house also has two rain water tanks to salvage some of the rain from the roof.

Jan Juc House


Grand in design and eco-friendly marriage made in heaven.

Nestled on a ridge in Jan Juc this home was designed to not only take in the wonderful views but the northerly aspect makes the most of the winter sun.

The owners have found this house to be very comfortable year round, with doubleglazed windows to retain the warmth in winter and the southerly windows and doors to let the cooling summer breeze flow through the house during the summer months, the owners were vary aware of the energy used in such a house but with the siting being so successful having solar hotwater and low energy hydronic floor and panel heating they have been able to keep there energy use very reasonable. The use of full height windows to capture the sensational views to the ocean and the hilite windows adds to the openness and light to the main living areas and to reduce the energy use.