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?