The DUNE HOUSE is not a typical house on a dune, rather it is dune as house. Located in the beach-front dunes of Cape Cod, our design is what we call subtractive architecture.
Subtractive architecture aims to reverse not only the devastation insatiable human consumption inflicts on the planet but also the disconnection from nature the digitized human endures.
From land, the Dune House is not recognizable as such: it makes no attempt to conquer the landscape. It's only recognizable from sea, as a dot, a circle, a cut. This dot is the eye of the house, opening during day and closing at night. The inhabitants of the Dune House live in nature; the waves provide the vista, the sand cools and heats.
The core structure of the house is a simple concrete box anchored with piles into sand sheltered by a eco-concrete shell. This shell holds the earth and native vegetation above. It also helps subtract carbon emissions of neighboring habitation, since the only carbon emission of the dune house is a barbecue grill.
There are no machines in the Dune House but humming electrical devices that power, heat, cool and vent the spaces. There is no waste and no fuel based energy either. All life, architecture and landscape blend together as an inseparable whole.
The Dune House is a carcass on the beach, a crab hole in the ground, a dwelling slipped into land.
Project team: Selim Vural - principal, Sumeyye Ozturk - junior architect.
Renderings: Dom Wipas