Studio Vural Designs Un-Plugged Dune House in Cape Cod


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Studio Vural, a boutique architecture firm in Brooklyn, designs an off-the-grid Dune House in Cape Cod.

The project is situated on the beach principal Selim Vural vacations every year and was inspired by a squid’s rainbow flash at a nighttime fishing expedition. Experiencing the colorful flash in the dark Mr. Vural thought; “if squids can power themselves, so should houses”. The un-plugged house has an autonomous power network, energized by a vast solar field and miniature wind turbines, designed to produce more clean energy than consumed.


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This high energy efficiency is enabled by burrowing the house under the dunes, anchoring the foundation into geothermal temperatures of sand, consequently blanketing %80 of the envelope. The Dune House is what Mr. Vural calls the next generation of hyper-sustainable houses which “must be aggressively pursued to turn the tables on climate change”. The concept also embraces the recent research on absorptive building materials and soil engineering for a sponge effect on carbon mass.

Vural says, 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. The design is also a success in natural preservation since it is only recognizable from the sea, blending seamlessly with nature; gently immersed not imposed. At the Dune House, human, bird, architecture and landscape blend as an inseparable whole as technology makes peace with nature at last.


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INFORMATION

Photography with courtesy of Studio Vural

https://www.studiovural.com



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