Swiss architecture is almost always related to the existing context, an
approach spread far beyond the reality of cities. This attitude is
clearly distinguishable when one visits the Swiss landscape, the hills
and mountains. Graubünden, and especially the Survelva-region, take in
a special position. In this original, by humans cultivated
mountain-landscape the village-architecture shows an age-old tradition
of authentic, skilled knowledge.
have reacted on this by creating modest yet at the same time powerful
contemporary interpretations, which relate to the rustic building-style
and the colours and materials of the omnipresent, impressive landscape.
architects stand out in the region of Graubünden; they gave the local
contemporary architecture new impulses. Peter Zumthor created, with his
thermal bath in Vals, a building that successfully translates the
beauty of the surroundings to an equally beautiful and pleasent
architecture. The omnipresent, contemplative moment, which is so
typical for the Therme, can also be found in the small chapel of St.
Benedikt, another design of Zumthor. Also Valerio Olgiati is an
architect who's rooted in the local culture. He realised a number of
very noteworthy projects in Graubünden. His architecture celebrates the
'genius loci', by both its materialisation and by incorporating the
surrounding landscape and setting.
designed by Domenig Architekten, Christian Kerez, Bjarne Mastenbroek,
Rene Meierdorfer, Valerio Olgiati, Peter Zumthor'and many others