dune keeper’s house5.2009

This project is meant to address the ecological and dynamic forces at play in a range of coastal regions along the east coast of North America. I decided to focus on Dauphin Island, Alabama; a barrier island on the Gulf Coast.
Dauphin Island, Alabama, is a Barrier Island on the Gulf Coast
Houses are required to be on piles because of frequent storms andhurricanes.  Today by regulation the piles must be at least 12 feethigh because there is nothing to protect them from being ripped apart.  As you can see in the panorama and on the map, the western arm is composed of very flat, sandy land.
I propose an intervention, a natural forming, dynamic barrier that is formed by the wind and can be shaped by using dune fences, which allow for dune grasses to form and trap sand.
The base was created using a blow dryer and sand in order to simulate wind and sand movement.  The sand functioned to find form, where multiple layers were captured by using plaster cloth.  Eventually the sand built up enough to form a dune. The layers show the development of the dune over lime.  The cylinder type object is an oar handle that I found at a plantation in South Carolina.  It was meant to be the 'spark' that started the dune (see previous series of photos)
The base, showing the strata of the land.
The water/front side of the dune. 
The sectional view through the two buildings