It's the kind of audacious move that would leave the UK's nimbys in a cold sweat: the tiny Swiss village of Vals, situated in the heart of the Alps and with a population of less than 1,000, has unveiled plans to build a glass-and-steel skyscraper 230ft taller than the Shard. In fact, once completed, it would be Europe's tallest tower.
Not surprisingly given the high-end location adjacent to the world-famous Therme Vals spa, by architect Peter Zumthor, the 80-storey tower will house a luxury hotel, complete with 107 guest rooms, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, spas, a ballroom, restaurants, a cafe, a bar and a gallery.
Developer 7132 said it had chosen the design for its "minimalist approach" that will "help the hotel blend with the mountain landscape".
The ultra-thin tower, designed by US architect Morphosis, is due to be completed in 2017, while the hotel will be opened in 2019.
However, it has already been subject to controversy: in February, the jury tasked with selecting the winner of a competition to design a hotel for the resort "dissociated" itself from the project, saying the decision to appoint Morphosis left "important questions unanswered".