JVA + mole architects: dune house
may 12, 2011
JVA + mole architects: dune house

‘dune house’ by JVA + mole architects
images courtesy of mole architects / living architecture

seeking to reinvent and reinterpret the vernacular architecture of england’s seaside, is ‘dune house’,
a holiday home south of thorpeness, suffolk by norwegian practice JVA in collaboration with mole architecture.
positioned among the rolling dunes at the very edge of the sea, the structure aims to develop a new vocabulary,
merging both regional and contemporary aesthetics.

an abstracted english gable roof appears to hover above the grassy earth, adding a sense of sculpture and movement
to the otherwise linear form. clad in a lightly tinted orange steel alloy, the roof reflects the changing colors of the sky
and sea, allowing the bold volume to merge with its surrounding environment.



the ground floor – fully enclosed in glass – is open to the landscape and the beach, giving visitors the sense that they
are nestled among the dunes. sliding doors literally connect the interior and exterior spaces, further emphasizing the
notion of the floating rooftop.

the roof appears to hover above the ground

upstairs, four bedrooms are nestled into the roof, the pitches and geometry adding interest and dimension to the interior
volumes. variously sized windows are carefully placed throughout the second storey, capturing and framing views of
the picturesque north sea and meadows.

patios and terraces integrate the home with the landscape

concrete, glass and aluminum compose the ground floor level, rooting the heavy mass into the land, while timber planks

cover every surface in the sleeping corridors, echoing nearby nautical-inspired structures.

dining room

livng room, dining room, kitchen

living room

view of one of the bedrooms


family room

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