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Villa Vals.jpg

SeARCH and CMA collaborated to create Villa Vals, a holiday retreat dug in to the alpine slopes of Vals in Switzerland, a town of 1,000 made notable by Peter Zumthor’s nearby Therme Vals spa.

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Mili Ali wrote:
Can i see the interior of this house pls??? - We have a similar plot and this model is really inspiring..
     Comment   May 26, 2013
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dadica
wow
October 11, 2013 at 1:45pm   
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lincolnlover
thanks manda it looks simply stunning ... and cold lol (pretty sure a little coldness is worth having a house with that level of awesome ness
May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm   
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tashasarene wrote:
Wow - Can we see more photos of this awesome place?
     Comment   January 29, 2013
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coetzevj
Unique is an understatement....Could I have the privilege of the blue prints? on this masterpiece?
May 27, 2013 at 12:28am     
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Bature General Merchants
Need more picture pls
June 7, 2013 at 2:23pm   
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Thunder Hill Design wrote:
a poem on a hill
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Thunder Hill Design
i would love the chance to enhance this house with as simple and dramatic - and restrained - a landscape as the house is.
May 16, 2014 at 8:10am   
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rogerhofer wrote:
is theis the Cardinal designed earth sheltered house west of Edmonton Alberta
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mojo2172
No I think it's in Europe- probably Switzerland.
May 22, 2013 at 10:41pm   
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lesolem wrote:
desin - please send the design or guide me to aquiring set of drawings
   Comment   January 24, 2013
Sudhakaran Veluswamy wrote:
lovely house - will you give me plans for this house
   Comment   January 3, 2013

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Architecture is not about perfect universal solutions. Those don't exist. It's about solutions appropriate to the context of the project. The context is the client's needs, site conditions, climate, budget and so on.
Dorman Architects added this to See 6 Homes That Rise to the Rural Landscape
Designing a house for a rural location might appear to be free from the constraints of designing for an urban or suburban location. However, this is not necessarily the case. Houses are rarely built in complete isolation without reference to the surrounding landscape and local building traditions. How these are interpreted is a measure of the success of the house in integrating and becoming part of the landscape.Here we’ll see how architects have responded to various challenges arising from building in sensitive landscapes and/or climatically harsh environments.Villa Vals, Switzerland (2008), Christian Muller Architects and SeArchVilla Vals is a modern take on the subterranean dwellings of old. Due to the particular sensitivity of the site, which is adjacent to the extraordinary Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor, the architects chose to bury the house deep into a steep hillside, leaving the surrounding nature undisturbed. Its expression is as a void in the hill rather than as an object sitting upon the hill.
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6. Villa Vals, by Christian Muller Architects and SeArch, Switzerland (2008)Villa Vals is a modern take on the subterranean dwellings of old. Due to the particular sensitivity of the site, the architects buried the house deep into a steep hillside, leaving the surrounding nature undisturbed. Its expression is that of a void in the hill rather than an object sitting upon the hill.More: What's Next for Our Homes' Exterior Design?

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