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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Dune House in Thorpeness, Suffolk by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects

June 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects

The Dune House lies just to the south of the picturesque village of Thorpeness in Suffolk, on an idyllic spot on the very edge of the sea, nestled among rolling dunes. You can walk out from the living room directly onto the beach and enjoy extraordinary panoramic views over the sea from the terraces, bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor.

The Dune House

  • Architect: Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects
  • Project: The Dune House
  • Location: Thorpeness, Suffolk
  • Executive Architect: Mole Architects
  • Contractor: Willow Builders

The Dune House

  • Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Engineer (timber superstructure): Eurban
  • Quantity Surveyors: Boyden Group LLP
  • Clerk of Works: Steve Foot, Techs Project Management

Night View

Living Architecture invited one of Norway’s most reknown practices, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, to create a house for us on this archetypally English seaside site. JVA, as they are known, made their name building a series of accomplished houses in Oslo and its outskirts and intimately understood the need to balance the advantages of modernity with the traditional virtues of warmth and comfort.

Night View

Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (JVA) are a Norwegian practice who had not until now built in the UK, but who are famous around Scandinavia for their creative responses to the highly seasonal Nordic landscape. For Living Architecture, they created a building with a complex geometrically roofscape that references local seaside buildings while remaining distinctively contemporary.

Living Room

The roof, clad in a lightly tinted orange steel alloy, reflects the changing colours of the sea and sky and the panoramic windows on the ground floor give one a sense of nestling in the dunes while at the same time inviting one out to the beckoning sea beyond. Each of the four peaks of the roof contains a bedroom and a bathroom, with windows carefully positioned to catch intriguing views of the land and sea scape all around. The timber-lined bedrooms all have bath tubs in them, so that one can lie in warm water and, from small adjacent windows, take in glimpses of the North Sea or the meadows which surround the house at the rear.

Living & Dining Room

On the ground floor, a living area, a kitchen and a terrace are set into the dunes in order to protect them from wind and give out equally in all directions, allowing uninterrupted 360 degree views. The corners of the ground floor can be opened by sliding doors, a move which emphasizes the floating appearance of the top floor.

Interior View

While the materials of the ground floor (concrete, glass and aluminum) root the building with a reassuring sense of heaviness, the upper floor (made of timber planks) give a nautical feel that echoes the gables and seaside huts of the area. The house is a stunning reinvention and reinterpretation of the English seaside dwelling.


Exterior View

Dining Room





The Dune House

Outer View

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