Architects CMA and SeARCH were focusing on the question if it would be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building when planing the Villa Vals. They decided to build a central patio into the steep incline to create a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving a dramatic view of the beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley.
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On this day in music history: September 21, 1959 - “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Santo Farina and Johnny Farina, it is the biggest hit for the guitar instrumental duo from Brooklyn, NY. Brothers Santo and Johnny Farina will begin taking steel guitar lessons (from a teacher who had studied in Hawaii), after their father returns home from WWII, having heard the instrument while in the service. Both will be quick studies and are soon competing in local talent contests in New York, with Johnny on steel guitar and Santo on six string electric guitar. The idea for what will become The Farina brothers biggest hit will actually come in the middle of the night. At two in the morning, Johnny will wake up his brother Santo and tell him, “I have an idea for a song”. Originally titled “Deep Sleep”, it will be based on the song “Softly, As In The Morning Sunrise”. The song is recorded at Trinty Music in Manhattan in early 1959. Shortly after it is recorded, it comes to the attention of Gene Orndorf who signs the duo to his newly formed Canadian-American Records label, releasing it in late June of 1959. Entering the Hot 100 at #95 on July 27, 1959, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The classic instrumental has been covered by a number of artists over the years including Les Paul, The Ventures, Danny Gatton, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra who won a Grammy Award for their version in 1999. The original version of “Sleep Walk” was also featured prominently in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” about singer/musician Ritchie Valens. It will also provide Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green with the inspiration to write the band’s first UK number one “Albatross” in 1968. “Sleep Walk” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.