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Designed by architects Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller, this remarkable holiday home in Switzerland is an ingenious installation that combines equal parts architectural bravado and finesse. Embedded into a hillside with primarily subterranean living spaces, the effect is otherworldly but entirely in tune with the landscape. We love the dramatic recessed shape that captures the stunning views and the custom design details that bring the unusual structure to life.
Embedded into the stunning Alpine landscape in the charming village of Vals, this holiday home in Switzerland is a unique and low impact design solution to residential development that is as stylish as it is unusual.
Designed by architects Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller of the architectural firms SeARCH and CMA, their intention was to completely integrate the home into the landscape to avoid disturbing or obstructing the natural environment while capturing the magnificent views over the narrow valley and mountains.
Completed in 2009, the slanted, recessed exteriors form a graceful arc of both horizontal and vertical proportions with a rustic stone facade and central terrace. Access to the house is solely via a nearby wooden barn, through a concealed underground tunnel running through the mountainside. Very Bond….
The interiors are composed entirely of raw concrete and illuminated with multiple layers of windows oriented towards the views that warm the spaces and highlight the architectural angles and industrial design. The ground floor combines a spacious living room with a suspended firepit adjacent to a step down, fully equipped eat in kitchen with a massive dining table carved from one gorgeous piece of wood. Upstairs, the four en suite bedrooms create unexpected spatial effects, with raised podiums and elevated bathrooms as well as slotted bunkbeds that create dreamy and private sleeping cocoons.
Collaborating with designers Hella Jongerius, Demakersvan, Scholten & Baijings, Marcel Wanders, Claudy Jongstra, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Vitra Nederland, the furnishings and decor transform the spaces with an eclectic and whimsical mix of contemporary Dutch design.
The central terrace is an extraordinary spot of absolute containment with a hot tub for warming your bones apres ski, and the space and privacy to marvel at the breathtaking scenery.
Wifi throughout, satellite cable TV and iPod-dock audio system. Laundry facilities, ski storage with heated ski boot holders. Four bicycles for guests use and two parking places. Firewood is available for purchase (€35 per crate).
The charmingly authentic Swiss village of Vals is situated in the southeastern part of the country just above Italy. Renowned for the world famous Therme Vals designed by architect Peter Zumthor (just next door), the area has largely escaped mass tourism. An ideal starting point for endless hiking trails, excellent skiing and winter sports on the local pistes, it’s also perfect for exploring the wild and raw beauty of the greater Graubunden region. Two hours from both Davos to the northeast and the glamorous St. Moritz to the south east, the rugged grandeur and remote stretches of wilderness including the breathtaking Viamala Gorge, make this an exhilarating and thankfully less traveled area of the Alps.
Vals, Switzerland. Nearest Airport: Zurich International (180km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winters feature world class skiing with outdoor activities, adventure and stunning scenery year round
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|Bedrooms||4 En suite bedrooms|
|Bed Type||5 King, 1 Queen size bunk bed (2 Adults or 4 Children)|
|Accommodate||10 Adults or 8 Adults plus 4 Children|
|Rates||Rates start at €475 per night for two night minimum stay in low season and run to €3850 per week in high season for groups of 6. See rates table.|
|Minimum Stay||2 Nights|
|View||Stunning Swiss Alps and countryside views|
A 25% desposit via bank transfer is required to secure the booking with final balance due no later than eight weeks before arrival.
€750 Security deposit is required which will be refunded within two weeks following guest departure after review for damages
Check in and Check out are as follows: For weekly rentals: Saturday 4pm until Saturday 11am. For weekend and midweek rentals: Weekend S (short) Friday from 4pm until Sunday 4pm. Weekend L (long) Thursday from 4pm till Sunday 4pm. Midweek S (short) Monday from 2pm till Thursday 11am. Midweek L (long) Monday from 2pm till Friday 11am.
It is agreed that in case a guest wishes to cancel all or any part of a booking, or if the booking is cancelled by owners due to non-payment, then owners shall be entitled to the following percentage of the rental cost: 8 weeks or more before departure down payment (25%); 8-6 weeks before departure 50%; 6 weeks-departure date 100%.
Prices are for 6 person occupancy except for high season when it is 8. Group rentals are subject to a 50 Euro surcharge per per per night above these amounts. Maximum capacity is 10 persons (12 if it included a min. of 4 children). Please inquire for exact pricing for larger groups. With just 2 guests, there is a 20% discount.
|Duration||Number of Nights||Low Season||Mid Season||High Season|
|Weekly||Sat 4pm-Sat 11am||€2100||€2800||€3850|
|Weekend (Short)||Fri 4pm-Sun 4pm||€950||€1200||Upon Request|
|Weekend (Long)||Thurs 4pm-Sun 4pm||€1400||€1700||Upon Request|
|Midweek (Short)||Mon 2pm-Thurs 11am||€1200||€1500||Upon Request|
|Midweek (Long)||Mon 2pm- Fri 11am||€1600||€2000||Upon Request|