JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
 
JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
may 12, 2011

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast

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 architects. 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.

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
all images courtesy of mole architects / living architecture

 

 

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.

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
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. 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.

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
patios and terraces integrate the home with the landscape

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
dining room

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
livng room, dining room, kitchen

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
living room

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
view of one of the bedrooms

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
bedroom

JVA + mole architects complete dune house on the english coast
family room

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  • the landscaping is a big disappointment; let the local plants take over and don’t mow!

    elizzawizza
  • I have been thinking about how to design a roof cum 2nd storey and you just showed me that it can be done! WOW! http://www.murrayfeisslight.co.uk/

    Felix
  • i agree with both coments

    jax
  • love it

    jc
  • stunning

    and… it even has a livable interior!

    OMG!

    dbkii

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