This special context has led us to devise a fascinating response which is both striking and wholly in keeping with our village surroundings. The site chosen for the building of our new Tschuggen Bergoase facility next to the TSCHUGGEN GRAND HOTEL belongs to the open space at the foot of the mountains. Our plan has been to build, without over-building. While the large spaces of the functional rooms disappear into the mountain, recurrent elements (leaves, trees and skylights with specific geometry) bear witness to the presence of the new. These geometric and plant objects arouse visitors’ curiosity. They ‘channel’ daylight into the underground premises, while by night they shine forth into the village, testifying to the presence of a collective relaxation area. Mario Botta