Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Villa Vals is one of the most amazing and unique designs I've come upon. It is a vacation home located in the Swiss Alps, and designed by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects. What makes this home unique is that it does not look like a residence. It is buried into the hillside. The only part visible is the slanted structure of the facade. I like that this villa seems hidden, discreet, and does not disturb the landscape around it. It takes advantage of the fantastic mountain scenery across the valley so that the occupant can enjoy the unspoiled nature.
Another cool feature of this villa is that you have to access the home by entering a wooden barn by using an underground passageway that runs through the mountainside. The passageway then leads to the main residence that has a circular cut made in the mountain slope.