Contributing Monkie V Ol Blak
Published on September 2, 2011
Looking to spend a few winter weeks in the Swiss Alps skiing, eating, hot tubing and oh yeah, living underground? Fantastic, I just found the place for you. An ultra modern designers military bunker wet dream of a villa which sleeps 10 hmm un-comfortably. Yes, the Villa Vals has opened up their hill for you by designing a very eco-earthen dwelling, with all kidding aside, isn’t to bad. I love the circle entrance, but it’s just the concrete cold hard interiors which are throw me.
The location couldn’t be more stunning, why design something with such hard interiors? Couldn’t the designers some how bring in the coziness of nature or at least make it feel open and spacious? Some of these photos remind me of a hip MTV style Juvi Center. I am just saying. Would you fork over $4000 a week to live a Swiss underground bunker? Is it just me?
Maybe in person it has that seemingly missing homy feeling and for some reason the photos just can’t represent it accurately. If any of you flesh monkies out there in “G” land end up doing time here, please share your thoughts and experiences. Oh and photos if you got them. Also, let us know if you spent some time in the Third Reich, which might explain your preference for this underground kind of thing.
Here is a little of what Villa Valsin is selling: Welcome to Villa ValsIn the Swiss village Vals you can now enjoy a combination of ‘Dutch Design’ and ‘Swiss Quality’. Villa Vals is a freestanding dwelling directly next to the famous Therme of Peter Zumthor. The luxurious villa is extremely quiet, offering breathtaking views of pristine nature.
The house – approximately 160m2 – is completely dug out of the mountainside. It offers room to for ten people (with a maximum of 12, in case at least 4 of which are children) and is surrounded by a spacious garden offering a great deal of privacy. A big glass façade opens out onto the terrace (60 m2) and offers a spectacular view on green meadows (snow-covered hillsides in the winter) and mountaintops.
The world famous Therme Vals by architect Peter Zumthor is situated within a stone’s throw. The hotel of the same name has an excellent restaurant (‘Der Rote Saal’). The authentic village of Vals is situated conveniently close. This quaint village without any (mass) tourism has escaped from the feeling of dullness. It is by no means a village where time has stood still, or has become disconnected from reality, but rather gives a view of the future of small-scale sustainability. It has industry, the springs of Valserwasser (www.valser.ch), spas and hotels. Besides that, it has access to the hydro-electric power station of Zervreila sustainable energy. There is even a ‘milk pipeline’ which, during the summer, delivers the milk from the 2000 meter high alms directly to the village. You can ski, walk or cycle in the surroundings up to a height of 3.000 meters in a surreal peace and quiet.