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The Stunning Modern Villas of Switzerland's Rolling Countryside

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As one of the world's banking capitals, Switzerland boasts an inordinate number of deep-pocketed residents and these financiers have poured some of their cash into the local property market. Unfortunately, in keeping with the country's reputation for discretion, many of the home prices are only available on request. This angular 5,500-square-foot villa overlooking Lake Maggiore was designed by international starchitect Daniel Libeskind and is one of the "priceless" properties. The four-bedroom, four-bath spread features an exotic zinc facade, huge windows, a crisp white interior, sauna, fitness center, and wine cellar.

? Though this place was constructed back in 1964, it's been extensively remodeled in 1985, 1995, and 2002. Those alterations might have corrupted the original Campi and Pessina design, but given the sleek, modern result, that might not be such a bad thing. Located in the southern town of Muzzano, the three-bedroom home commands a mighty price tag considering the petite 0.35-acre lot: $6.3M.

? Looking like a Louis Kahn knockoff, this concrete villa in Lugano was wedged onto this 0.14-acre lot in 2007. The somewhat odd design leaves the three story atrium without windows, save for a skylight, while bare concrete dominates the interior as well as the facade. The price is upon request, and despite the shortcomings, this is most likely a multimillion-dollar affair.

? Also in the south, this $7.6M lake-view villa boasts some unique architectural features, courtesy of local architect Aldo Cacchioli. The swimming pool, encased in steel panels, cantilevers above a a first floor patio, providing a degree of disconcerting shade. Overlooking Lake Maggiore, the villa enjoys a much larger lot—1.25 acres—than others on this list.

? A curious combination of new and old, this traditional Swiss house had a modern addition tacked on in 2009. The addition was accompanied by a contemporary renovation that added some wacky new furnishings to the older part of the house. Located in Zurich, this mashup is also "price upon request."

· Villa Libeskind [Wetag Consulting]
· Unique Architectural Villa [Christie's]
· Modern Villa Built in 2007 [Luxury Portfolio]
· Superb Lakeview Villa [Christie's]
· Tradition trifft Moderne (PDF) [WUW]