by Mark in Architecture
Maybe you expected a chalet with traditional architecture peculiar to the Alps - stone foundation, wooden beams and columns buttressing the steeply-pitched roof, and geraniums hanging from the balconies. Well, the project we are about to present has nothing to do with these.
However, the building is perfectly integrated into the landscape of the Alps. Moreover, we can say that the villa is even hidden inside the mountain!
The chalet - situated in the Swiss village of Vals renowned for its thermal springs - was designed by the architects Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller from the SeARCH and CMA architecture firms, and the construction had the support of local authorities owing to the minimal impact that it has on the environment.
As a matter of fact, even the access to the chalet is done through an underground passage that connects it to an old wood-and-stone barnyard found at the base of the mountain.
The construction and the design were finished in 2009 with the help of many Dutch designers; the interior is eclectic, with traditional, modern, and even industrial accents.
Photo: Iwan Baan / villavals.ch