Gallery: Spectacular Green Roofed House Built Right into a Sand Dune Is...

If you've always wanted to live in a gorgeous green roofed modern home built right into a sand dune (and c'mon, who doesn't share that childhood dream?), this one is up for grabs. Called the Dune House, the hill-like Atlantic Beach, Florida abode was built by renowned architect William Morgan way back in 1975, and since then, its quirky appeal has landed it mounds of attention, landing it mentions in everything from architectural publications to even Playboy. The home was the private property of Morgan himself for years but it is now on the market -for a cool $1.4 million (you might have to save up for a few years).

Morgan built the Dune House in the ’70s right next to this own home as a rental property. The site was characterized by a natural dune created by Hurricane Dora in 1964, and while Morgan wanted to develop it, he realized he would miss looking out at it if it were gone. His solution was to retain the dune itself and build inside of it instead of on top of it. Thus the Dune House was born.

The dwelling has a truly distinctive look that has garnered it a lot of attention. The front is a grassy mound that tapers off into the symmetrical wings of the house. From the back, the home looks something like a giant frog face, with two wide “eyes” (they’re actually windows) set within a green bump. In addition to giving the Dune House its playful demeanor, the grass and dirt insulate the home naturally, saving on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

The Dune House is actually split into two separate apartments (since it was originally a rental property), which, as you can see from the photos, are nearly mirror images of one another. Each apartment home can be accessed from the street level, which has a cozy sleeping loft overlooking the living room, as well as an accompanying bathroom. Downstairs, there is a mod-style conversation pit with a built-in sofa that has a million dollar view of the ocean – or a $1.4 million view, we should say.

+ William Morgan Architects


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1 Comment

  1. yrag01 June 11, 2011 at 12:18 am

    This must have been a MAJOR influence on Peter Vetsch and his Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse! I actual thought it was one of his, but clearly William Morgan was there many decades earlier.

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