The Yellow House is, in fact, white. This is not the only surprise, however. Shortly before his death in 1995, the architect Rudolf Olgiati bequeathed part of his collection of cultural treasures to the town of Flims on the condition that the Yellow House, situated in the centre of the town, be renovated according to his wishes, namely that it be "painted white from top to bottom". In 1997, his son Valerio Olgiati received the architectural contract to redesign the house from the town of Flims.
Since then, the interior of the house no longer resembles its original role as a greengrocer's shop and place of residence. On the exterior, the completely chipped plaster immediately catches the eye. Inside, a real structural work of art is created through the unconventional arrangement of beams and pillars. It's well worth a visit, as the building which has won several architectural awards also houses various different types of exhibitions.
The architect from Flims, Rudolf Olgiati, created a unique collection of works during his lifetime. As a follower of the New Objectivity movement, he predominantly built family homes in Graubünden and restored old aristocratic houses and farmhouses. He combined international architecture with the autochthonous Swiss architecture. These original architectural works are well worth a visit along your walk.
Did you know that Flims boasts some world-renowned architecture? Valerio Olgiati frequently causes a stir in international architectural circles. With the Yellow House (built 1995-99) in Flims, he created a world-famous monument. In 2008, he set up shop close to the home of his father and has worked in his black architectural office there since then.
60,000 slabs of Valser quartzite stacked up in a grand architectural tribute to the archaic world of the Vals valley. Peter Zumthor did not just build a "thermal bath". He interpreted the true essence of mountain, stone and water through his architectural project. The thermal spring reflects the original sensation of bathing – physical contact with stone and the contrast of the warm water. A work of timeless elegance, and one that you cannot afford to miss.
In a former mill in Ilanz, an extraordinary architectural space was created out of stamped clay – the Cinema Sil Plaz. Ramun Capaul and Gordian Blumenthal created a true cultural treasure for the entire region here. The building also contains the Café sil Plaz, developed by Rudolf Olgiati.