Located on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands, Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects rises over the harsh terrain, offering views of the North Sea. Its shape is resembled by the architects with that of a wooden diamond, experienced differently as the visual perspective shifts: “The forces of nature prevalent in the environment – the sea, the sunlight and the local wind patterns – determine the design in such a way as if they themselves had sculpted the house. It is above all a very contextual design and for this reason every material was chosen after close examination of the colors and textures found in the environment.”

Step inside and you will discover a surprising array of interiors, where curious shapes are well emphasized by an abundance of natural light: “The loft-like house recreates the experience of having a walk on the dunes in its interior as a spiraling promenade architecturale around its core as one continuous path from platform to platform, each just a few steps higher than the next. This generates very interesting spatial and visual relations between each of the rooms but also towards the landscape, as each opening in the house has been shaped, sized and positioned in a specific way, according to its function.” Sustainable features of the design include the use of prefabricated wood, solar panels and a biomass run fireplace. [Photography: Marc Koehler Architects]