A Home Of Elegant Simplicity In The Bahamas

Architect Chad Oppenheim has designed an oceanfront beach house on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

About the project

The spectacular 3,000-square-foot waterfront private residence was designed to reconnect its inhabitants with nature, encouraging a greater consciousness of the elements and their manifestations.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

In a time when architecture has become fixated with computer generated forms and over-the-top modern design, House on a Dune is elegant in its simplicity – designed to heighten ones experience of the beautiful island nature that surrounds the home and made to inspire and maximize pleasurable moments.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

It embodies a less invasive, primitive architecture of simplistic form utilizing ecologically sensitive materials and methodologies within the overall design. The elemental and livable architecture, free of clutter and unnecessary detail, allows for a more powerful and dramatic connection to place and time.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

Inspired by the work of conceptual artist James Turrell, retractable glass walls on the East and West sides of the living area frame views of ocean, jungle and sky, while allowing for light and air to flow through the home to create optimal comfort. The central space of the house is essentially an open breezeway, allowing visual and pedestrian connectivity across the site.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

Within this pavilion space, there is the living and dining areas that open onto large verandahs well protected from the elements by the deep overhangs of the gabled roof. A kitchen and four bedrooms are simply arranged around the central space.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

The materials for the home were selected for their distinctive sincerity, environmental sensitivity, and a resonance with the vernacular. Materials included concrete blocks, recycled cedar, reused ipe, and milk paint.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

The sliding doors are made of impact-resistant glass as well as a palm frond roof made of cedar shakes similar to the architectural styles of many of the homes on the island over the last several hundred years. The home also holds many technological tricks that hide any visible light fixtures, outlets, air-conditioners or anything that is too modern age.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

This private residence establishes a delicate, meditative space that ushers a transition from lush tropic landscape to wide languorous ocean.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

House on a Dune represents Chad Oppenheim’s signature style, which is to create socially and environmentally conscious architecture. Whether it’s a single-family home or large-scale urban project, hotel or resort, Oppenheim transforms the prosaic into the poetic – eliciting a site’s inherent power through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature.

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

'House on a Dune' By Chad Oppenheim

Architecture: Chad Oppenheim
Photography by Karen Fuchs