Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Villa Vals, or a hole in the mountain

I found Villa Vals in the latest issue of RUM, and had to google it to find some pictures online that I could share with you. Villa Vals is far from your ordinary Swiss alp cabin, this is something completely different! Architect group SeARCH worked together with Christian Müller Architects and asked themselves "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?". I would say the answer is YES!
Villa Vals was originally built as a private holiday home, but now you can book a vacation for yourself in this hole in the wall, mountain wall that is, and enjoy skiing and thermal baths in the Alps while staying in this amazing house.


  • maria westerlund says:

    Helt otroligt!

    Jag bodde 10 år i Schweiz och är väldigt svag för deras arkitektur. De kan konsten att ta det ett steg längre men ändå stanna kvar i traditionen. Otroliga bilder och en bra blogg!!

    Maria/Åland www.miawinredning.blogspot.com

    2010-11-22 | 10:56:43
    URL: http://www.miaw.ax
  • Purple Area says:

    This is so cool, I love it. Its also fun inside with details like the stone stairs and the extra long table.

    2010-11-22 | 11:06:46
    URL: http://purplearea.blogspot.com
  • Alissa @ Room Elegance says:

    Wow! So cool. I would love to stay there ♥

    2010-11-22 | 12:10:04
    URL: http://www.roomelegance.com
  • Julie B says:

    This is featured in the latest copy of German Elle Decoration, and I instantly fell in love when I saw it - just so unique, and very, very cool!

    2010-11-22 | 14:32:01
    URL: http://www.thefantasydecorator.com
  • Tor Sudmeyer says:

    This is a great idea. I love the utilitarian feel of the concrete interior.

    However, what about when it snows? It looks like the front would just fill up with snow. Also: I do see some sort of fence but if a snow drift was high enough wouldn't it spill over the top edge?

    2010-11-22 | 19:46:54
  • Siw Haveland says:

    love it

    2010-11-22 | 21:59:07
    URL: http://design-shimmer.blogspot.com
  • chairsmith says:

    Love exposed concrete - and Papa Bear chairs. Fabulous!

    2010-11-22 | 22:54:27
    URL: http://chairsmith.blogspot.com
  • Lars says:

    Did you already post about the famous Therme in Vals? If not you should. It is a fantastic piece of architecture of Peter Zumthor and similar to this chalet with a clean interior. Highly recommended for a long relax weekend!!!

    2010-11-22 | 22:59:23
  • Cherry says:

    I love all of the natural stone and wood inside this...amazing find!

    2010-11-23 | 00:32:16
    URL: http://inkylittlesunbeams.typepad.com
  • emma ::emmas designblogg:: says:

    Thanks for the tip Lars, I have to check it out asap!

    And thanks to rest of you for your sweet comments!

    Tor, I have no idea how they have solved the snow issue, but I'm sure they have. The Swiss building regulations are very strict, so it's all approved by the authorities.

    2010-11-23 | 01:49:55
    URL: http://emmas.blogg.se/
  • PAWLING | print studio says:

    so many amazing details in this house. and the lighting is just wow.

    2010-11-23 | 06:48:36
    URL: http://blog.pawlingprintstudio.com
  • Transparenz der Gedanken says:

    wow, this is unbelieveable ... the view from the house to the alps is great and lot of great details. maybe a bit of too much beton ... thanks a lot!

    2010-11-23 | 09:41:32
    URL: http://www.transparenz-der-gedanken.de
  • Margaritata says:

    Truly amazing, the house, the interior, the furniture, decoration and views!

    2010-11-23 | 22:44:55
    URL: http://chocolatecreative.blogspot.com/
  • Brad Wilson says:

    Love the way the concrete work was cast into the whole design for walls, countertops, built ins, and all. Beautiful!

    2010-11-24 | 19:04:15
    URL: http://www.holmeswilson.com
  • ratika chauhan says:

    i do not have immediate plans to get married....infact im scared of getting married....but now that i saw dis wonderful...masterpiece of architecture,,,,i cant wait 2 get married....n experience living here....i know its a lil far fetched....n a bit mushy...but true story...:)

    2010-11-24 | 19:51:39
    URL: http://asteriascanvass.blogspot.com/
  • Olaf says:

    This is just beautifuly unbelieveable, I could look at this pictures whole day...

    2010-11-24 | 23:06:51
    URL: http://venecijaneri.blogspot.com
  • Nille says:

    wow - incredibly nice.

    2010-11-26 | 15:55:58
    URL: http://www.somehaus.com
  • Karro says:

    WOW!! I like!

    2010-12-02 | 13:57:12
  • M says:

    O wow! thanks for sharing!

    I just came by to your blog, and I like it! :D

    come visit mine sometime!

    M from TOKYO

    2010-12-04 | 03:26:38
    URL: http://newshoesnewself.blogspot.com/
  • Leah says:

    This is great! Does any one else know where I can find some swanky pictures of earthships or passive solar homes? I really want to build one but am looking for some inspiration to get me started. Most earthships I have found look like trash heaps (I guess they are, actually) and I'm trying to find an eco-friendly yet sleek, non-star wars looking earthships.

    2010-12-21 | 21:49:57
    URL: http://sidwelldesign.posterous.com/

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