• Prize: Architectural Design of the Year
  • Company/Firm: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Lead Designer: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Yuki Ikeguchi
  • Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Spreiter AG
  • Interior Designer: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Viabizzuno
  • Const. Company: Truffer AG
  • Photo Credit: Naaro, Sebastian Stumpf, Paul Clemens, Daniela Derungs
  • Location: Vals, Switzerland
  • Client: Truffer AG
  • Project Date: June 2022

More than ten years ago, we decided to build a new commercial and residential building in Vals, in the mountains of Grisons, Switzerland. As a company that has been involved in stone and its diverse applications in architecture for generations, finding the right architect was a major undertaking. We aimed to create a building that seamlessly blends into our traditional mountain village, without being perceived as completely out of place.

Simultaneously, we aspired to build a house that incorporates new, unconventional forms and innovative material applications while maintaining harmony with nature and its surroundings. Particularly, we wanted our stone to play a central role in creating harmony alongside other materials such as wood, metal and glass. In Kengo Kuma we found the perfect architect to transform our dreams into reality.