HOUSE ON A DUNE

  • Harbour Island is a relaxed yet luxurious getaway perched in the surreal cerulean waters of the Atlantic edge of the Great Bahama Bank. In this earnest and timeless place, the architecture for this private residence is simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined. The result is a sensual and sensitive experience, reduced to its essence through the use of elemental forms and sincere materiality and detailing. The location of this modest home is set towards the crest of the dunes, granting dramatic views of the ocean. 

    Located five hundred feet off one of the island’s main roadways, you meander along a sand driveway overflowing with vegetation and come upon a simple pavilion. The core of the house consists of an open breezeway, allowing visual and pedestrian connectivity across the site. Within this pavilion space sits the living and dining areas that open onto verandahs well protected from the elements by the deep overhangs of the gabled roof. The rest of the living spaces sit around the central core. To the left are two guest suites with private bathrooms; while to the right are the kitchen area and the master suite. Materials were selected for their distinctive sincerity, environmental sensitivity, and a resonance with the vernacular. 

    This home establishes a delicate, meditative and mediating space that ushers a transition from lush tropical landscape to wide languorous ocean.
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Matthew Bannister/DBOX
  • Photo by Matthew Bannister/DBOX
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs
  • Photo by Matthew Bannister/DBOX
  • Photo by Karen Fuchs