Vals in the Swiss Alps is the setting for this amazing underground holiday home known as Villa Vals.
The only way that it was possible to build such a contemporary property within this area of outstanding natural beauty was to completely integrate the construction into the landscape.
The ‘entrance hall’ to the property is actually a separate traditional wood shed which is connected to the villa by an underground tunnel.
The villa which can accommodate up to ten people is available for holiday lets through the Villa Vals website.
When you have finished looking at the photographs let us know in the comments box below if you like the idea of underground living.
“the surrounding nature has been left undisturbed and unobstructed by any sort of architectural development. Not only does the project defer to the natural landscape, but also to the vernacular architecture while protecting the views of the nearby spa. A-typical of alpine architecture, the villa still uses local building traditions and materials including its façade made from Valser quartzite recovered from the site and found in the nearby thermal baths and on the roof tops of Vals. A stone and wood bi-level graubunder barn ubiquitous to the Alpine hills has been integrated into the plan and given new life as the entrance to the house via a 22-meter concrete tunnel. The house is experienced as a welcoming light at the end of a tunnel”
Photography: Iwan Baan