E-Scape Dune Shack

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Designed in 24 days in response to a design charrette hosted by Esplanade Magazine, the ‘E-Scape’ dune shack is a 900-square foot three-season house on the Cape Cod Province Lands. The dune shack was designed as a retreat for an artist-in-residence—many of the historic dune shacks in the area are now used in this way.

The light house is raised a full level to minimize foundations and displacement of landscape. A opening in the deck admits a floating stair from the dunes below, and a second stair provides access to a sand deck over rainwater collecting bays on the roof. In the bedroom area, an operable ‘sky window’ shows the stars overhead, while long openings around the perimeter of the house frame views of the endless ocean horizon.

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Esplanade Magazine asked six architectural firms to ‘design a beach house they’d like to see built’. H+A’s entry was published alongside entries from Glavovic Studio in Florida, Webber + Studio in Texas, David Gauld in New York, and Boston’s Moskow Linn and Ruhl Walker. David Hacin + Scott Thomson attended a viewing event for the results of the friendly competition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

David and scott at PAAM