Architecture

Floating Half Dark Half Transparent Dune House in England

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Located amongst the houses of the quiet village of Thorpeness, Suffolk, England, the splendid contemporary Dune House imposes an uncanny architectural design on adjacent hillside neighbors. The floating modern villa is too beautiful to belong to a single family, so the owners thought that it might serve a higher purpose if put up for holiday rent. Architects working on this project – Norwegian Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter with offices in Oslo – created a unique contemporary rental home giving many people the opportunity to enjoy its fascinating geometrically challenging architecture. Dune House displays a playful roof reminiscent of the classic architecture of the surrounding houses, and spaces were planned to boldly reinterpret the elegant idea of having a ground floor living space and an upstairs bedroom floor.

Architects from Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter describe the project: “The ground floor is contrasting this by its lack of relationship to the architecture of the top floor. The living area and the terraces are set into the dunes in order to protect it form the strong winds, and opens equally in all directions to allow for wide views. The corners can be opened by sliding doors; this will emphasize the floating appearance of the top floor. ” Using materials like concrete, glass, and aluminum for the first floor and a dark-cladded solid wood top floor, the architects break through the surrounding architectural monotony. The ground floor becomes a visually open space flooded with natural light. Does this house lack privacy for any of our readers?

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  • [...] This floating roof house puts a new spin on the whole “floating houses” concept. Designed by Norway architects Jarmund/Vigsnaes Arkitekter, a glass-enclosed main floor supports what appears to be a floating upper level of dark, steeply pitched roofs reminiscent of the traditional architecture found in this area. The glass wall of the main floor offers a modern see-through aesthetic that lets you enjoy every view unobstructed, from inside out and vice versa, while flooding interiors with natural daylight. In contrast to the open-concept open-view main floor, the upper level is closed off for privacy. Too much for a single family to keep all to themselves, this unique UK farmhouse is actually a vacation house to be enjoyed by many. Jarmund/Vigsnaes Arkitekter via Freshome [...]