Defying the typical angsty design process, the first conceptual sketch of the Dune House was the one that stuck. At the airport following their visit to the English seaside village of Thorpeness, Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs of Oslo-based Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (Jarmund/Vigsnæs) drew a Surrealist crown floating on top of a Miesian glass box. And so it is.
Jarmund/Vigsn's approached the 2,690-square-foot concrete, steel, and wood house as a “mini-hotel” set into the dunes. Private spaces—four bedrooms, each with its own bath—are encased in the top floor’s wild gables, an exaggerated twist on the traditional holiday homes nearby. Public space on the ground floor surrounds a central core containing a staircase and fifth bedroom and bath. “We wanted to keep the social space as open as possible,” says Vigsnæs. Mission accomplished, with 360-degree views.