Graübunden. Anthology of Data of Places, Things and People.
Daniel Bosshard, Miguel Kreisler, Myriam Sterling and Meritxell Vaquer
Works and projects
Bearth + Deplazes
"Im Sunniga" Housing, Chur-Masans
School and Multipurpose Hall, Vella
Willimann-Lötscher house, Sevgein
Gion A. Caminada
Interventions in Vrin
Traversina Footbridge, Viamala
Suransuns Footbridge, Viamala
Gerstlauer + Molne
Community and Forest Centre, Castrisch
Jüngling & Hagmann
School and Multipurpose Hall, Mastrils
Ottoplatz Apartment and Office Building, Chur
Extension of the St. Luziensteig Barracks
Operations centre for the St. Luziensteig Barracks
Mortuory Chapel, Bonaduz
When Modern Architects Build in the Mountains. Bruno Reichlin
The Vrin Project. Christoph Schaub
Rules for Those Building in the Mountains. Adolf Loos
[Regeln für den, der in der Bergen baut Jahrbuch der Schwarzwald´schen Schulanstallen, 1913]
Do not build in a picturesque manner. Leave such effects to the walls, the mountains and the sun. A person who dresses to be picturesque is not picturesque but looks like an oaf. The farm labourer does not dress picturesque. But he is.
Build as well as you can. No better. Do not outstretch yourself. And no worse. Do not deliberately express yourself on a more base level than the one with which you were brought up and educated. This also applies when you go into the mountains. Speak with the locals in your own language. The Viennese lawyer that speaks to the locals in a country bumpkin's accent is beneath contempt.
Pay attention to the forms in which the locals build. For they are the fruits of wisdom gleaned from the past. But look for the origin of the form. If technological advances made it possible to improve on the form, then always use this improvement. The flail is being replaced by the threshing machine. Flatlands demand a vertical structure articulation; mountains, a horizontal one. The work of a man must not attempt to compete with the hand of God. The Hapsburg watch tower disturbs the skyline of the Viennese Woods, but the Husarentempel harmonises well within it.
Do not think about the roof, think about rain and snow. That's how the locals think, and so they built the flattest roofs they can using the know-how they have. In the mountains the snow must not slide when it wants to but when the locals want it to. The roof should be safely accessible for shovelling away the snow. W also have to create the flattest roof possible using the know-how and experience at our disposal.
Be true Nature only tolerates truth. It copes well with iron truss bridges, but rejects Gothic arched bridges with turrets and defensive slits.
Have no fear of being chastised as outdated. Changes in the old building techniques are only allowed when they mean an improvement on them otherwise remain with the old. For even if it is hundreds of years old the truth has more connection with our innermost feelings than a mendacity, which paces alongside us.
Forma: Opel, Adolf (ed.), Adolf Loos. Die potemkin'sche Stadt: verschollene Schriften 1987-1933, G. Prachnercop, Viea, 1983. Translation: Jonathan Quinn.