Museum Surselva

Ausstellungsstall Turra - Safier Ställe

One of the characteristic features of the Safi cultural landscape is the scattered settlement. Houses, stables, hay barns and alpine huts are scattered over the terrain chambers and characterize the image of the valley.


In the 14th century, the Safien Valley was settled by Walsers from the Rheinwald. They cleared forests, built houses and thus laid the foundation for an agriculture that could survive until the middle of the 20th century. The settlement pattern and the individual buildings still tell of this sustainable, but power-sapping agriculture.

Characteristic of traditional agriculture was the decentralized location of the Hay. This led to the annual migrations of the farmers with their animals. They led from stable to stable and in summer to the alp. With the help of agricultural machinery, it is now possible to transport the hay over long distances and store it in a central barn. This eliminates the need for migration with the animals. At the same time, the numerous outdoor stables lose their function. The modernization of agriculture makes the decentralized stables and barns superfluous. In Safien alone, this affects several hundred buildings. The great upheaval in agriculture begins in the middle of the last century. Since then, over fifty years have passed and many of the buildings are in critical condition. Is there a future for the Safier stables?

Various scenarios are conceivable. We can take the view that the stables are no longer used today and are therefore superfluous. Let's dismantle the stables and use the wood in a new context. However, many Safier and Safierinnen want to preserve their stables. They would like to support the Safier Ställe project. Because if we consider the settlement landscape as a cultural heritage, it is important to us that where there is the will to preserve it, the stables and barns are preserved. After the buildings have lost their original function, we have to give them a new task. Are there alternative uses for the Safier stables? It seems that we have a hard time finding new ideas. Perhaps we are still too fixated on traditional use, perhaps the current time leaves us too little room for new ideas. This is where the Safier Ställe project comes in. The Safier stables are to be secured with new roofs. At the same time, thinking time for the search for new uses is to be created.


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