9. Dune House

Architect: Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter

Location: Thorpeness, Sussex, England

Designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter, the Dune House sits along the seaside in Thorpeness, Sussex, England. The building is an exercise in contrast, with the upper floors matching typical English beach architecture and the bottom floor constructed of concrete and glass to allow for sweeping views. The idea is to marry a contemporary approach to beach architecture with a romantic notion of seaside vacations and the quaint bed and breakfast. The building manages this goal with great aplomb, and as such lands on our list of coolest buildings of 2011.