Dune House / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL / Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Anders Granli
Location: Thorpeness, , England
Client: Living Architecture
Collaborating Architect: Mole Architects Ltd.
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

The house is situated in Thorpeness, England on the Suffolk coast, replacing an existing building at the site. The house is a holiday house for rental and is part of Living Architecture.


To get a planning permission it was important to relate to the existing, typical, British seaside strip of houses. The roofscape, the bedroom floor, somehow plays with the formal presence of these buildings, and also brings into mind a romantic remembrance of holidays at bed- and breakfasts while traveling through the UK.

Floor Plan
© Nils Petter Dale

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. While the materiality of the ground floor; , glass, aluminum, relates to the masses of the ground, the upper floor is a construction made of solid wood, cladding stained dark as the existing gables and sheds found in the area.

© Nils Petter Dale
Cite: "Dune House / JVA" 17 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=175734>
  • Jake Groth

    Such a simple little idea. I think the concept photo is hilarious. IDK how I feel about the 2nd story spaces.

  • Anthony Dann

    I like it. I think that the sense of whimsy and nostalgia is really appealing in a holiday beach house. Good to have such a separation of living and retiring spaces too.

  • Brad Sutton

    Agree completely. The house conveys the difference between the two spaces in every way…materiality inside and out, section, plan, window treatment.

  • gusta

    i usually don´t like this v-shape and triangle spaces but this 2nd floor plan is very good. great ideia to put a bath tub in every room.

  • Eva

    Reminds me of the Cube Houses in Rotterdam of Piet Blom