The Dune House
The oceanfront Dune House was designed by renowned architect William Morgan in 1975 and actually built into the Atlantic beach sand dunes. In this precedent-setting design, the dwellings are placed fully within the earth; two double-height apartments carved into the natural form of the sand dune.
The apartments are entered from the street, down a common stair to the upper floor, which houses the entry, bedroom and bath. Descending a stair that follows the outer wall curve to the main lower floor, the living, dining and kitchen open to the east to a covered terrace at beach level, facing the ocean. The building was constructed using swimming pool technology, a gunite-concrete shell anchored to a cast concrete floor, the whole covered with a mantle of earth stabilized by native landscaping which helps maintain a 70-degree interior temperature. The interiors are made mostly of wood with extensive built-in furniture, giving the home a feeling similar to a stateroom aboard a ship.