Dune landscape

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about dune landscape

NewsNews • 1 Mar 2021

Rag Doll House presents a striking duality of old and new

Located in the oldest part of the villa district in Knokke-Heist, Belgium and situated in a former dune area, a new transparent ground floor has been inserted beneath a historic cottage. The striking expression of duality was developed by Delmulle Delmulle Architecten.  Johnny Umans In a neighbourhood known for naming individual houses, this house is nicknamed ‘Rag Doll,’ referring to the well-known type of stuffed doll made from different incoherent pieces of material that still results in a coherent ensemble. Piet Albert Goethals Surrounded by cottages, farms, historic cottages and contemporary modern homes, the clients at the outset felt divided between a modern home and the potential for something else. &... More

Project • By JAJA ArchitectsWatch Towers

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse

Ferocious pounding storms constantly move and shape the fantastic dune landscape on the northwest coast of Denmark. In 1968 an enormous sand dune devoured Rubjerg Knude Ligthouse leaving the tower as the only remaining structure, poised on the edge of the rapidly eroding cliff. In Spring of 2016 the lighthouse was reopened and retrofitted with an architectural installation that give the public the last chance to enjoy the unique vistas and wild dynamic spectacle of nature, from the top of the lighthouse.   BESSARDs’ STUDIO and JAJA Architects designed a scenographic stairway giving access to the tower and making the ascent a sequence of architectural experiences. Staging its historic function as a beacon for the seafarers, they... More

Project • By UNICA ArchitectsMarinas

Floating Lido

Lido Super yacht Marina is the answer to Floating Venice project, to its necessity of public spaces, beaches and facilities complementing the hotel resort services offer. Lido is a natural companion to Venice, hosting long beaches, an ancient tradition of spas and thermal waters represented at its maximum splendor in the Excelsior Palace Hotel. Lido di Venzia has been Venice’s beach for ages, so are we doing with our re-make of World Island’s Lido. In the same way we wrapped Venice’s Grand Canal around Floating Venice project, we adjusted the real lido outline along the borders of our plot, creating a new façade towards the open sea, and a private enclosed water area between the new project and Floating Venice. In... More

Project • By i.s.m.architectenPrivate Houses


Aerial view of the house the remodeled dune. on the left side of the house lies a wild, untouched terrain. on the back side lies the garden shed in the more structured back garden.   The outset for this house was Jan and Régines search for a refuge from the hectic city life of Antwerp. This plot, situated on the edge of the nature reserve Witte Burg, best fitted this criteria. The terrain was initialy an untouched piece of dune with the typical vegetation running through it. The dune followed the street border from the bottom right to the upper left. From the start it was clear for the design team that it had to be preserved and that the house should become a part of it. The premise of the project was the relationship between... More

Project • By 2by4-architectsParks

Qurios Zandvoort

Mid July 2019 recreational park QuriosZandvoort opened its doors. The park is situated between the Formula 1 track, the national park Kennemerland and the beach of the town of Zandvoort. It’s also conveniently close to the cities of Haarlem and Amsterdam. Because of its unique location the park will attract a very diverse group of guests. From city dwellers to beachgoers and from nature lovers to race fanatics. For the design of the park this meant that it couldn’t be a ‘1 size fits all’ concept and should be able to accommodate this diverse group of guests. The architecture of the park plays a key role in giving meaning and expression to this diversity.The park accommodates 100 cottages and 2 public pavilions and is designed like a dune pa... More

Project • By N+P ArkitekturPrivate Houses

Petry Retreat

Petry Retreat is located on the west coast of Denmark. In the dramatic dune landscape. From the ground there is a fantastic 180-degree view over the North Sea. The house relate humbly to the nature in terms of geometry and materials.From all the rooms there is access to the terraces that run all the way around the house.Behind the house is a concrete bunker from the Second World War. The bunker is today used for wine rooms and firewood.The house is built in a wooden construction and covered with thermo wood. The roof is covered with sedum green roof.Materials:                            1. Thermo Ash Wood2.... More

Project • By FCB Studios (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios)Offices

Hayle North Quay

FCBStudios third and largest phase of work for historic harbour granted detailed planning permission Cornish 20 acre mixed use regeneration project to go ahead as plans for Hayle North Quay unanimously approved at Strategic Planning Committee.   Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mixed use scheme embraces the industrial heritage of the port to create a contemporary harbourside for Cornwall. The proposals to revitalise Hayle harbour were originally given outline approval in 2010. The current owners of Hayle Harbour commissioned FCBStudios to greatly enhance the outline scheme, in order to respond to the sensitivities presented by the World Heritage Site, creating a vibrant and coherent vision for the coastal site.   The firs... More

Project • By Felixx Landscape Architects & PlannersInformation Centres

Maritime campus Almere

Enriched dune landscapeCarnival develops a new maritime campus in Almere, an educational center focused on cruise industry. The ‘CSMART Center of Excellences’ will be located within the new quarter called Almere Duin. This area will be characterized by an artificial created dune landscape. The buildings are embedded in this emerging natural environment. Outspoken artificial objects and spaces are created, tying indoor spaces in different ways to the surrounding landscape. More

Project • By RHDHV (Royal Haskoning DHV)Car Parks

Underground Parking Katwijk aan Zee

A 1,200 m long sand dune tops the dike, creating a height of between 10 to 11 m above mean sea level for the new coastal protection system in Katwijk aan Zee. The dune has been planted with marram grass and includes paths, a boardwalk, and benches so that visitors can stroll along its crest or to the sea, depending on their wishes. The dike is covered with sand for protection purposes, but also to maintain the natural look of the dunes and the beach. The project made accessibility between the beach and the municipality a priority. But the sand dune conceals more than just the municipality's coastal protection. A 30 m wide, 500 m long parking garage is also located within the dune, extending parallel to—and inland from—the reinforced di... More

Project • By Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bnaPrivate Houses

Het Kulkje

For a big family, their friends and relatives, a comfortable and modern holiday home was built. The house fits smoothly in its environment although it is located on top of a sand dune in the open landscape of this Dutch Island. The house needed to be spacious and practical besides being nice. Multiple fixed interior elements were integrated in the design. Consequently a spatial holiday home was realized in which landscape, house and interior are optimally connected.Between the 30s and the 70s around 200 holiday homes were built on this part of the Island. Since then it was not allowed any more to add new houses. The local policy is focused on maintaining the existing character of this area; small scale housing in an open landscape without a... More

Project • By Microscape Architecture Urban designParks/Gardens

Show arena and market area in the Central Park

In partnership with Gonçalo Byrne and Joao Nunes, MICROSCAPE has completed the urban transformation of the former Pini Horse Race Course, converting it into the centre of the new Central Park of Follonica. The show arena and the market area are the most extensive works of the integrated sustainable urban development programme implemented by the city with European funds. The urban project has been built as a real "landscape design", where the archetype of the Maremma dune landscape is linked to the terraced culture of the Tuscan hinterland. The project is thus a catalyst for the history, the life flow and the contemporary instances of urban ecology. We have not created a model but a process that interprets all the components of the landscape... More

Project • By Atelier PRO architektenSecondary Schools

Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum (VCL)

Atelier PRO has won the European tender for the renovation and redevelopment of the Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum. The VCL is an independent school for senior general secondary education and pre-university education. Its current building is comprised of various component parts built at different points in time, with a total floor area of around 8,000 square metres. The oldest part, a villa dating back to 1903, is a national monument and will be preserved. The more recent parts, built in the 1930s, 1960s and 1980s, will be replaced by new construction.The assignment A positive outcome of the school’s gradual expansion in the past is that the building does not appear overly large and offers a sense of human scale. The VCL drew up an... More

Project • By Russell JonesPrivate Houses

Villa Waalre

A recently completed family residence situated within a forested Dune landscape, in Waalre, outside of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands.BackgroundWaalre is a municipality and town in the province of North Brabant in the Southern Netherlands, immediately south of the city of Eindhoven. Known as the Groenfontein (Green Fountain) Waalre maintains a civic policy to provide a diverse tree population in streets and lanes. The extensively forested fir tree woodland which gives the area its essential character is the result of an historic forestation regime to provide timber for supporting shafts in the Limburg coal mines.Anton and Gerard Philips had chosen Eindhoven in 1891 as the home of Koninklijke Philips, the Dutch technology company, even though... More

Project • By Paul de Ruiter ArchitectsPrivate Houses


Park Brederode in the Dutch city Bloemendaal is part of the protected North Holland dune landscape and is a unique living location. At the heart of this beautiful landscape, Paul de Ruiter Architects designed a sustainable villa provided with every luxury and comfort.From the very start it was clear that the landscape around the villa should be preserved as much as possible. We created a large basement and semi-positioned the ground floor in the slope of the hill. The first floor towers above the partially glazed ground floor and the undulating dune landscape. Both the north and south façades of the first floor are largely made of glass, while the east and west façades have a more closed character. The closed façade areas on the first floor... More

Project • By MecanooParliaments

Eurojust (EU agency)

Eurojust is the EU-judicial cooperation unit dealing with cross-border crime. The new headquarters for Eurojust in the International Zone of The Hague were developed together with the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the Ministry of Justice and Security and the municipality. The complexity of the location and the stringent security measures required a carefully integrated design solution. The building is an elegant composition of two volumes: the high-rise tower facing the Johan de Wittlaan and the low-rise plinth on the park side. The rhythm of pure white composite facade elements gives the building a timeless, classic beauty. The windows are subtly tilted either horizontally or vertically, thereby reflecting both the sky and the... More