The Dune House got its name for good reason. It is literally burrowed in the dunes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This extraordinary dwelling allows you to be one with nature in a serene interior while also combining impressive hyper-sustainable elements that ensure environmentally friendly living.
Studio Vural is an architecture and design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. They design projects with "intelligent, artistic solutions that not only create nurturing homes but also profitable ones." They seamlessly blend beauty and function into their work. Environmental friendliness is also important to Studio Vural, which is why they focus on design projects that respect both natural materials and the climate. They combine timeless materials like wood, metal and stone with artistic combinations of volumes, surfaces and lines. "Our projects are solid, functional and beautiful," says the studio. "And with these projects we promise to build our customers' dreams in concrete."
“This is an example of the next generation of hyper-sustainable houses.”
This Dune House is an absolute dream. The unique house deserves its name as it's quite literally built into the dunes. The house is located on the beach where the director of the studio, Selim Vural, goes on holiday every year. He was inspired by the rainbow colours of a squid during a night fishing trip. When he saw the colourful flash in the dark, he thought "if squids can power themselves, houses should, too." The unplugged house has an autonomous electricity grid fed by mini wind turbines and a vast solar field. The high-level of energy efficiency is also made possible by burrowing the house in the dunes. Vural, himself, calls this "the next generation of hyper-sustainable houses which must be pursued to turn the tables on climate change". The path that runs through the dune mountain splits the house in two. Both at the front and the side, the 'walls' consist entirely of glass. When looking at it from the front and seeing its circular shape, it resembles a kind of modern hobbit house. They mainly worked with sand colours, providing a sober and stylish palette. The interior is just as soothing and warm as its beautiful surroundings which can be fully enjoyed from the inside.
Credits: Selim Vural – principal architect, Angela Tasveska & Sumeyye Ozturk - junior architects. Renderings: Dom Wipas