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Vella is a picturesque traditional Swiss Alps village, complete with historic pitched roof homes that dot the hilly landscape. To keep the iconic design of the village in tact, Müller decided to focus on shifting interior space, rather than to disrupt the look of the home’s exterior. In order to bring the home up to date, Müller modernized the amenities to a more comfortable and expected standard, while creating two separate spaces that can be adjoined at the will of the visitor.

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Casa Sur Ual is uniquely owned by two families that each privately one a third of the property, and share a common space, giving each family access to two-thirds of the building for the cost of half. The shared space houses children’s bedrooms, a sauna, and storage space for shared items, all clad in pale wood and stone. Built-in furniture like bunk beds and benches are also made from the same pale wood.

The separate units were each redone with local stone detailing, as well as poured concrete stairwells. When the two owner families are not in town, the entire apartment can be opened to accommodate large vacation renters. The flexible space is both modern and traditional, preserving the historic exterior while adapting to the needs of the visitor.

+ Christian Müller