Off-grid beach retreat is ‘carved’ into the dunes of Cape Cod

March 11, 2020 by  
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Brooklyn-based firm Studio Vural has unveiled an incredible concept design for an off-grid beach retreat, which is embedded into the sandy dunes of Cape Cod. The Dune House is a futuristic structure that is “carved” into the sand dunes, essentially divided into two parts by an open-air walkway. Covered with a lush green roof, the idyllic home will also rely on clean energy to be completely self-sufficient . The unusual design features both modern and natural materials that add resiliency to the Dune House. To make it storm-resistant, the structure will be embedded into the dunes via deep piles. Octagonal in shape, the house will consist of concrete bases and large stretches of storm-resistant, triple-insulated windows. Topping the residence is a lush green roof planted with native vegetation that, in addition to helping insulate the interior spaces, will also be helpful in reducing carbon emissions. Related: A solar-powered home in Maine rises above the sand dunes on wooden stilts The top floor houses the main living space, along with an open-plan kitchen and dining area. These rooms are connected via a central breezeway, which will enable the homeowners to enjoy the incredible views while taking in fresh air. Wedge-shaped windows around the home also bring in natural light as well as unobstructed views of the ocean. The interior design will feature a modern, neutral palette that incorporates white, painted concrete walls and polished concrete floors. Natural bamboo will be used for the cabinetry and wood paneling found throughout the home. Besides its breathtaking design, the residence will also be completely self-sufficient. A solar panel array as well as various mini wind turbines will generate all of the energy the home needs. A rainwater collection system will supply fresh drinking water, and water for sinks and showers is to be sourced from filtered groundwater. To heat and cool the off-grid house, an innovate geothermal system will be installed to work collaboratively with the “eco-concrete basin” created via the structure’s concrete envelope. + Studio Vural Via Dezeen Renderings by Dom Wipas via Studio Vural

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Thatch-roofed Dune House mimics the windswept dunes and grasslands of Latvia

September 15, 2016 by  
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The house was built close to the Baltic Sea, where the owner can enjoy kitesurfing and have an easy access to the beach. Informed by the surrounding landscape, the design of the house accentuates traditional building techniques and locally available building materials. The team designed a modern shape and combined it with the softness of reed hatch. Related: The Dune House is A Striking Daylit Vacation Home For Architecture Lovers in Suffolk While the structural frame of the house, made of laminated timber , is visible on one side, while the reed hatch covers most of the exterior wall on the other. Timber planks line the ridge of the roof. Pine wood dominates the interior that references rural architecture . It houses a wood-burning stove , an open-plan lounge, kitchen, dining area and living room. Related: Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers “We wanted to make the interior soft, simple and clean,” said Kalinauskas. “We believe this kind of spatial experience helps the inhabitants feel relaxed without any disturbing details so they can enjoy the beautiful surroundings,” said the architects. + Archispektras Via Dezeen Photos by Juozas Kamenskas

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