Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects
Marc Koehler has created a geometric house nested in the landscape of the sandy dunes on a northern dutch island. The Dune house concept draws its influence directly from this topographic setting.
The house is literally embedded in its environment. The architect was influenced by the movement and views from walking through the dunes. This inspiration is apparent in the the form of the structure as well as in the internal arrangement of the house, from submerged and intimate viewpoints to elevated and stretched out views over the sea.
The different spaces of the house are connected to each other in a continues way by a spiral route. Split-level floors – functioning as large steps – wind along the central core (used as technical space, fireplace and bookcase) of the building. This spiraling route connects the most intimate underground private spaces (bedrooms) with the living, dining and relax spaces on the upper levels. Every level has its own unique connection with the surrounding landscape.
The contemporary loft-life open interior space is enclosed by a traditional facade and roof structure, to meet the requirements set by the local government. The silhouette of the house associates both to local architecture pitched and turtle roof types of neighbouring houses and the topography of the natural landscape. The house is almost entirely built out of innovative ecological materials and eco-friendly installations and is highly energy efficient. The use of a unique wooden cross-laminated structure, a unique wooden roofing system and the central heating system based on bio-fuel, reduce the CO2 footprint to a minimum.
Marc Koehler was born in the Northern Dutch town of Naarden in 1977 to parents of Dutch-Portuguese heritage. He studied Engineering at the Amsterdam School of Technology, Urbanism at the Technical University of Lisbon and Architecture at the Technical University of Delft, where he graduated with Honors in 2003.
After working at the renown Dutch architecture firm Architekten Cie. Marc founded his own design practice MKA in 2005. Marc worked as a lecturer at TUDelft between 2004 and 2011.
Marc Koehler’s work has been intensively published and exhibited, both in the Netherlands as well as internationally. Marc often speaks at public events and universities, where he shares his view on the current state and potential futures of architecture.