Zeelandia – Jersey’s new architectural ‘gem’
A world-class architectural tour de force combined with exceptional standards of construction, Zeelandia is a truly unique development of four properties within one breathtaking building, set in an unrivalled location at the top of Mont a la Brune, with panoramic sea views over St. Ouens Bay in Jersey.
The development, which is also close to Les Ormes Golf and Health Club was designed by Godel Architects and built by Cape Construction, whose managing director Tim Wysmuller said: “This scheme can only be described as a ‘one off’, never again will anything be built on this headland and certainly not of this international standard.
“Zeelandia is located on the borders of a conservation area, within a green backdrop zone and a coastal zone, and the only reason that it obtained planning permission was because of its phenomenal design. It is an absolutely unique project that can never be repeated due to its location and design.
“If I had to select one outstanding development from every scheme undertaken in 30 years of constructing homes throughout Jersey, it would be this one. The design is world-class – it is simply an absolutely stunning building architecturally, and wouldn’t look out of place in any high end international location.
“I should also say that all the trades who worked on this scheme really outdid themselves in terms of producing an exceptional standard of workmanship in every detail.”
The scheme even won official recognition before it was built, having received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for the best unbuilt scheme in the Jersey Design Awards, 2011.
Situated on the former site of on old house which was demolished to make way for the new development, the scheme has attracted a large amount of local interest, with a number of people visiting specially to take photos of the building.
The two storey building contains four properties – two apartments and two maisonettes.
The external elevations feature large expanses of curtain walling to maximise the breathtaking 210 degree views.
The west-facing element of the building is a simple frame structure with glazed infill panels and a large balcony, whilst the east wing is clad with Jersey granite, and the flat roof design incorporates a large profiled overhang to provide solar shading to the windows beneath. A further particularly striking design element are the building’s three bespoke open tread timber staircases with glass balustrading, all of which were constructed on site.
Internally the building is an exemplar of spacious, light and airy open plan living, with the bedrooms located on the ground floor and the living spaces upstairs to make the most of breathtaking views – which are even more spectacular than the stunning vistas on the ground floor.
Tim Wysmuller said: “These homes have been designed to be as maintenance free as possible and are ideal for people who are away from the island for significant periods.
“We are really very pleased with this project.”
Cape Construction was established in 1996 with a vision of providing creative, well thought out developments with a high specification and European influence, using both innovative and traditional building methods.
The company’s ethos is and always has been one of style and functionality.
Ranging from traditional housing to high end developments, all of the company’s schemes are very recognisable and now form part of Jersey’s rich backdrop.
For more information see – www.demax.co.uk/zeelandia-jersey/