Together with Christian Müller Architects the Dutch practice SeARCH realised this holiday home close to the famous thermal baths of Vals in Switzerland. The interior was designed by Hella Jongerius, Aldo Bakker, Studio Makkink & Bey and others. ‘villa vals’ consists of a facade with many window openings and a steeply inclined central patio. The interior features a compact setup of bedrooms with bunk beds,
elevated bathrooms and raised podiums with king-size beds. the entrance into the home is through an old graubunder barn and an underground tunnel.
“Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building?
“Surprised that it was permissible to construct a pair of dwellings so close to the world famous thermal baths of Vals, the client seized the opportunity to develop the site, without disturbing the bath’s expansive views. The introduction of a central patio into the steep incline creates a large façade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving an even more dramatic view of the strikingly beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.”
Architect: SeARCH and CMA
Design: Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller,
Assistants SeARCH: Louis Toebosch, Ton Gilissen, Laura Álvarez Rodríguez, Alexandra Schmitz w/ Michal Palej, Daniel Abraha, Markus Wesselmann
Assistants CMA: Blazej Kazmierski, David Strebicki
© image courtesy of SeARCH & CMA
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