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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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 SeArch Villa 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 nat - skylightssolar20