To create the next generation of hyper-sustainable houses, Studio Vural went back about 500 million years. The Brooklyn-based architecture firm found inspiration in the squid's rainbow flash abilities to imagine a completely self-powered dwelling. Entirely un-logged, the Dune House operates through an autonomous network, powered by solar panels and miniature wind turbines that produce more energy than the home consumes. To aid in its efficiency, the structure is buried in the beach of Cape Cod. Using the sand and native shrubs as its facade insulates the concrete volume, regulating its climate with the geothermal temperatures of landscape. Internally, the renderings visualize minimalist living spaces set behind double-height walls of glazing, welcoming in natural light and views of the coast.
Photos: Dom Wipas / Studio Vural