Villa Vals: An underground home in the Alps

New development is rarely approved outside the thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland; the local community–understandably–is concerned with keeping the baths’ views unobstructed, and with preserving the original character of the locale.This concealed, underground mountain house is a beautiful compromise. The patio is built on the incline, allowing plenty of light to enter, but you wouldn’t notice the dwelling from most angles.
The entrance is further disguised: the “front door” is in an old Graubünder barn; an underground tunnel leads into the main space.

The architects at SeARCH bv joined with Christian Müller Architects to create what they describe as “pragmatic unobtrusive development in a sensitive location.” I describe it brilliant.

(Photos from SeARCH, first spotted here)

Related posts:

Travel Guides

Browse By Category