timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa

Dune House by KLG Architects stands on stilts in Betty’s Bay

 

Dune House by KLG Architects is a timber-clad residence that draws from the sinuous topography of Betty’s Bay in South Africa. The structure sits between the mountains and the ocean embracing the windswept setting. 

 

Designed to harmonize with the sensitive ecological balance, the architecture aligns with sustainable building practices. Elevated on timber posts, the house treads lightly on the dune environment, respecting the natural terrain of the landscape. The distinctive roofscape acts as a shield against winds from the ocean and mountain, creating an outdoor sanctuary during varying weather conditions. The structure’s foundations showcase an innovative approach, utilizing excavated soil for stability and incorporating barrels as permanent shuttering to minimize environmental impact.

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa
all images by Paris Brummer & KLG Architects unless stated otherwise

 

 

timber surfaces and gabion walls blend with the surroundings

 

The volumes of the house seamlessly emerge from the dunescape. The inhabitable zones are bisected by an elevated walkway hovering above the ground plane. The living spaces within the structure are open and spread out to the landscape beyond. Extensive glazed doors open to panoramic views of ocean, sky, and mountain. The use of sustainable timber and occasional gabion elements, along with an unfinished larch finish, allows the house to blend organically with its surroundings. The design team extends this aesthetic into the interiors, where the timber finishes serve as a backdrop for the inhabitants’ personalized living spaces.

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa
the structure sits between the mountains and the ocean

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa
the inhabitable zones are bisected by an elevated walkway

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa
the house is elevated on timber posts

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the structure aligns with the natural terrain of the landscape

timber-clad residence by klg architects emerges from the dunescape in south africa
timber and larch finishes allow the house to blend organically with its surroundings

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the house treads lightly on the dune environment

 

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image by Warren Heath
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project info:

 

name: Dune House
architect: KLG Architects  | @klgarchitects

location: Betty’s Bay, South Africa

photography: Paris Brummer | @parisbphoto – KLG Architects – Warren Heath

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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