Alpine Oasis

An expansive house program is envisioned as a village of forms, so spaces feel comfortable, intimate, and connected with nature.

Below the alpine slopes of Schaan in Liechtenstein, we have designed a new 21,500-square-foot home that embeds itself into the site physically and materially. Backdropped by a protected native forest, a series of wooden “shadow boxes” veiled in louvers are set on stone platforms, and stacked, to frame specific views. This carefully scaled composition transforms the extensive program into a series of intimate and dynamic experiences—an oasis integrated with the surrounding woodland, fields, and mountains.

By analyzing our clients’ daily rituals, we developed interior and exterior spaces that follow their life stories. We reflected an architecture they would love, creating a home that enhances their lifestyle as well as the environment. The floor plan starts with the Pantheon circle and arrays wings radially. Avoiding hallways, residents travel from one volume to the other, with each level carefully curated to sit harmoniously alongside the previous.

Almost classical spaces and proportions feel monumental and timeless—made with the land and from the land in marble and wood. Swiss landscape architecture firm Enea designed a forest extension to bring the landscape into the house. All around and within the building, this enhanced natural setting blends spaces and edges for an intimate relationship with nature.

Schaan, Liechtenstein
21,500 SF
Architecture, Interior Design
Project Team
Chad Oppenheim, Beat Huesler, Raphael De La Fontaine, Hyejin Lang, Jose Manuel Marin Vela, Nicolas Bauer, Aleksandra Melion
Image Credit
MIR, Oppenheim Architecture

Alpine Oasis