The Dune House

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.