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In Dune

The project begins as two walls weaving together, held together by a calibrated balance of forces. Ten circles of varying radii determine continuous lines of tangential loops, forming a helical composition that provides disparate in-between spaces.

Wind and water are responsible for sculpting the ridgeline of this ocean-side terrain. Yet, this proposal seeks to freeze a range of these capricious curves of sand as walls like the ephemeral nature of the dune itself. Like a beach fence eroded by sand and time, these two walls become a subject of their environment, both supporting and seeking support from the dune.

A series of programs ranging from a lifeguard observation tower, shared outdoor shower, gender-neutral bathrooms, training center, nautical museum, and garage are facilitated. Each space is covered by a conical roof, with light leaking in from clerestory windows. The lifeguard tower spans 75 feet, creating a space for observation and rescue. This tower calls to mind the vertical and vernacular typology of the lighthouse while concurrently encapsulating the horizontal nature of adjacent timber residences.