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Traveler - Though concrete, aluminium and glass are the main elements of the open-plan ground floor, the effect is far from cold or industrial. The walls are made almost entirely of glass, with sliding panels giving access to the beach. The simplicity of the decor allows the panoramic sea view to take centre stage. Upstairs is more traditional, with timber-clad floors and walls, comfortable beds and free-standing baths. No surprise to discover that the architect is Norwegian - the feel here is unmistakably Scandinavian. read more
Dezeen - The third completed house in Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture series has a faceted black upper storey that sits on top of the glass-walled ground floor like a big hat. Located on the seafront in Suffolk, England, the two-storey Dune House by Norwegian Architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs has an open-plan ground floor that is entirely surrounded by clear glass. The zigzagging mansard roof encases the building’s first floor and is clad with dark-stained timber that is typical of gabled barn-like buildings in the area. read more
CNTraveler - The Dune House is an assemblage of complex, aggressive, angular geometry set in rustling marram grass. On the upper levels, four vast prisms contain four double bedrooms with free-standing baths and shower rooms: each has a resonant sense of privacy and notable views. The structure is a shuttered concrete core, wholly glazed on the ground floor so that the upper parts - black timber panels and bronze-tinted stainless-steel cladding - appear to float above very little. Inside, the textural language is different: plain concrete for upstands, polished concrete floors, and everywhere else wood, mostly ash. read more

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