Self- Sustainable Dune House

Studio Vural, a Boutique architecture firm in Brooklyn, designed an off-grid Dune house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that envisioned a seaside holiday dwelling that is carved into sand dunes and operates without relying on public utilities. Dune house is designed for a coastal site in Wellfleet, a small hamlet located on a hook-shaped peninsula.

After a time period of studying the local climate, landscape, terrains, and architecture, Vural was approached by a New York City real estate developer seeking to build a personal holiday house on the beach. The self-sufficient dwelling that is carved into sand dunes – ‘subtractive architecture’.

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In the plan, the upper level of Dune House is Octagon shaped and consists of two wings that are linked by a central breezeway. The top floor houses public functions like the kitchen and dining area. The stairs lead to a lower level that is rectangular in plan having a series of bedrooms and a den and wedge-shaped windows are designed to bring in daylight and offer views of the ocean.

Features of the Dune House:

  1. The Dune house is designed to be anchored to the site with deep piles.
  2. The walls are made of fly-ash concrete and large stretched of triple-insulated glass set within metal frames. The windows are also designed to sustain storms and floods.
  3. The Deck is made up of porcelain planks, resembling wood.
  4. The Dune House is blanketed with native plants that help in ‘sponge up’ carbon emissions.
  5. Solar panels and mini wind turbines are intended to generate electricity for the house. The extra power is stored in the ‘the latest oxidized-zinc batteries designed to be replaced as the technology advances.
  6. Rainwater collection and storage system supplies fresh drinking water. The sinks and showers use filtered groundwater, of which there is an abundance in the area.
  7. The anchoring sand piles contain conductive fluid piping, that conveys the coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.


The dune house is a next generation of hyper-sustainable houses that ‘must be aggressively pursued to turn the tables on climate change.’ 

The very pursuit of technology that brought us here will also be the savior; tech-driven agriculture, soil engineering, carbon absorptive building materials, smart remote devices are finally cleaning & connecting us back to nature, where we belong.’ – Studio Vural 

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