There was no better place for internationally renowned and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor to reinterpret the traditional Swiss chalet then at 1,526 meters above sea level in the remote hamlet of Leis. Made of solid wood, his contemporary cabins stretch three floors into the air with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that glow their warm light of inhabitance into the night.
Those same windows frame a landscape that is bedecked in rolling blankets of snow in the winter, with impossibly green pastures and pine forests during the warmer seasons. And so, the progression of time is suddenly not measured by clocks and calendars, but by the movement of the sun, the bloom and fade of flora.
The interiors’ specially chosen designer furnishings and lamps, wood-fired ovens and teak bathrooms introduce guests directly to the architect’s purpose, as they are surrounded entirely by his personal interpretation of what life in the mountains should be.
Zumthor Vacation Homes
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Words: Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Photos: Zumthor Vacation Homes