Homes can be either designed to stand out (too much) or to blend in with their environment. Surrounded by "turtle roofs" distinctive to the region, this angular house stands out with its unique, faceted shape, but nevertheless conforms to local building codes by using traditional cladding materials that are also eco-friendly.
Built among the sandy dunes of the Dutch island of Terschelling, the Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects encapsulates a series of open spaces, split into cascading levels that step up from one another. Envisioned as a giant, habitable dune of sorts, it's all about the views, says the architect:
The concept of the house is inspired by the dune landscape of one of the northern Dutch islands in which the house is embedded. The programmatic configuration is derived from the experience of walking through the dunes; it exposes a sequence of view points on the dune landscape: from submerged and intimate viewpoints to elevated and stretched out views over the sea.
The Dune House has been executed with a loft-like spatial arrangement around a beautifully-executed central core that doubles as storage, bookcase and mass heater. The bedrooms are located at the very bottom of these split levels, while the living, dining and relaxation areas are on the brightly-lit upper floors. The architect gives a video tour (in Dutch):
It's an energy-efficient house, using bio-fuel for the central heating system to reduce the home's overall carbon footprint, and has been built with a cross-laminated timber structure and other ecologically responsible materials.
Locally adapted with its thoughtful use of sustainable materials, the Dune House manages to blend in with its sandy environs, but still stands out as a gem with its impressive, loft-like interior, garnering the architect the Reynaers Project Prize in 2014. More over at Marc Koehler Architects.