Villa Vals, a four-bedroom vacation rental in the stunning Alpine village of Vals, Switzerland, is not your conventional ski resort home.
Completed in 2009, this unusual villa that’s available for rent through Boutique Homes, is embedded into the hillside, making most of its functional spaces subterranean. A dramatically-recessed shape gives the villa the quality of a modern art installation, while the organic shape of its central terrace—the only part of the house that can be seen from the outside—seems to meld with the natural landscape.
The slanted, recessed exteriors of the villa form an arc of both horizontal and vertical proportions. Encircled within this arc formation is a rustic stone facade and central terrace that has an outdoor hot tub, enticing guests looking to warm up after a winter ski day. The entrance to the property is through a nearby wooden barn, which has a concealed underground tunnel that runs through the mountain into the subterranean core of the villa.
Furniture and accessories from contemporary Dutch designers add soulful urbanity to this remarkable property, including Hella Jongerius, Demakersvan, Scholten & Baijings, Marcel Wanders, Claudy Jongstra, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Vitra Nederland.