peter zumthor's vacation homes in leis, vals
peter zumthor's vacation homes in leis, vals peter zumthor's vacation homes in leis, vals
jun 03, 2013

peter zumthor's vacation homes in leis, vals

annalisa and peter zumthor’s vacation homes in leis, vals
image © ralph feiner
all images courtesy zumthor ferienhäuser



in the hamlet of leis, among the age-blackened dwellings of the swiss mountains, peter zumthor’s two vacation homes open to the idyllic,
often snowy landscape. zumthor ferienhäuser, the agency in charge of renting the sunny-hued holiday homes to willing guests, has shared
exclusive winter-time images of oberhus and unterhus, the light and bright volumes embedded in the sloped mountainside. informed by
annalisa zumthor’s long-time, sensory-rich vision of a timber home, the architect designed growing family of homes as a composition of
exquisite wood volumes, complete with recessed and generous apertures that immediately mark the landscape. the wide-grained cladding
follows a language of precise, seemingly hand-crafted finger joints. crisp vertices are articulated by the movement of light over the timber
surface as well as the material palette of the changing seasons.



the homes take on a different life in the winter months, where the possibility of an exhilarating ski run is at one’s doorstep from gadastatt
down through the valley. from summer to fall, the dwellings are the starting points for myriad hikes through the emerald mountainscape.
interiors are impeccable planes with furniture and lighting by the likes of baltensweiler, rodolfo dordini, antonio citterio, warren planter,
eero saarinen and peter zumthor himself. all rooms have ideal views of the 1300’s era town of 20 inhabitants as well as the the richly textured
mountains. untehus sleeps 4-5 with a total area of 150 square meters. the central gesture is the top floor living room, complete with floor to ceiling
glazing. turmlihus will open to guests starting in autumn 2013 and sports a 3 level, tower-like mass lightened by planes that extend past corner vertices.
the cross-shaped plan allows panoramic bay windows and a 4 person, middle floor sauna. bathrooms are clad in teak and the immediate site is
stone-flagged. the built form is a clear labor of love that quietly resonates in the undisturbed and life-filled space. of the architecture, zumthor said:

The solid timber has a tangible presence – soft and close to the body, it gleams gently and silkily in the light.




views of leis in the wintertime, perfectly shows the highest settlement occupied year-round in the community of vals
image © ralph feiner



even among the obliterating whiteness of harsh snow, the warm hues of the wood are distinct in the town of 20 inhabitants
image © ralph feiner



view of oberhaus and unterhaus embedded in the idyllic expanse of the swiss mountains
image © ralph feiner



a snowy, south facing view of unterhus
image © ralph feiner



the knots of the wood and directional grain gleam in the moving light of the day
image © ralph feiner



the kitchen area in unterhus shows the finger joints 
image © ralph feiner



timber is employed as building material and as an evocation of the senses
image © ralph feiner



each room in unterhus has gloriously framed views of the landscape
image © ralph feiner



image © ralph feiner



bedroom views
image © ralph feiner



the home in the greenery of warmer months
image © ralph feiner



eastward view of unterhus
image © ralph feiner



the hamlet of leis dates from about 1300
image © ralph feiner



image © ralph feiner

  • Peter Z. has designed very beautiful buildings and these houses are no exception. It is disappointing to see such prominent water issues on two of the facades 🙁

    rich says:

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