Teschelling is one of fourteen landmasses that comprise the West Frisian islands, situated above the northern Netherlands in the Wadden Sea. According to legend, the Wadden islanders are a resourceful bunch, utilizing washed up timber from shipwrecks for housing and barns. Back in 1840, the residents also reportedly found a barrel of cranberries, and cultivated the found goods as a cash crop along the dunes. And while agriculture accounts for a small fraction of their economy, tourism mostly reigns for income.
To get away from the hectic lifestyles of the inland life, two brothers commissioned Amsterdam-based Marc Koehler Architects to build a shared vacation home for them and their families. Nodding to the surrounding coast, the Dune House is a creative, faceted residence born from the tight zoning restrictions of 968 square feet. The chimney anchors the central area, with cozy nooks and crannies progressing in varying platforms from it, either below the floorplate or up a spiraling staircase wrapping along the fireplace. The designers chose western red cedar for the exterior, which is able to withstand the harshness of salt spray. The color of this material will change with the seasons, as well. The south-facing glazing is provided shade with an extended roof, while the northwest façade is a sloped sunroof. The whole residence had to be constructed in two weeks to accommodate for local birding season, so the outside panels were fabricated off-site in Germany.
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