From Historical to Modern.

The 10 Most Beautiful Architectural Treasures

Rock Church Cazis (© Dominik Gehl)
From the 18th century palace to the idiosyncratic church or the temporary tower – architectural photographer and Instagrammer Dominik Gehl reveals which ten buildings in Graubünden are particularly impressive and photogenic.
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Origen Turm © Dominik Gehl

Origen Tower

The wooden tower was designed by Giovanni Netzer and stands at the top of the Julier Pass at 2200 masl. The ephemeral building serves as a theater and concert venue for the “Origen Festival Cultural”.

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Steinkirche Cazis © Dominik Gehl

Steinkirche Cazis (Rock Church Cazis)

The “rock church“ was designed in 1995 by Werner Schmidt. For the construction, 108 different wooden elements were placed on a foundation, covered with a metal grid and then coated with shotcrete.

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Segantini Museum © Dominik Gehl

Segantini Museum

The Segantini Museum in St. Moritz opened in 1908. Its architecture is based on the pavilion that Segantini had designed for his Engadine Panorama at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition.

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Plazzo Castelmur © Dominik Gehl

Palazzo Castelmur

Originally built in 1723 for Johannes Redolfi, Palazzo Castelmur in Coltura near Stampa was purchased in 1850 by Baron Giovanni of Castelmur who renovated and expanded the building.

Originally built in 1723 for Johannes Redolfi, Palazzo Castelmur in Coltura near Stampa was purchased in 1850 by Baron Giovanni of Castelmur who renovated and expanded the building. Today it belongs to the municipality and serves as a museum.

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Therme 7132 © Dominik Gehl

Therme 7132

One of the most iconic works of the 2009 Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor, Therme 7132 in Vals was built between from locally quarried Quarzite over the only thermal springs in Graubünden.

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Muzeum Susch © Dominik Gehl

Muzeum Susch

Founded by Grażyna Kulczyk and opened in 2019, Muzeum Susch is located on the site of a medieval monastery. The existing buildings were restored and underground passageways added as connections.

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Schutzbauten über die römischen Ausgrabungen © Dominik Gehl

Shelter over the Roman archaeological site

The shelter over the Roman archaeological site in Chur was designed by Peter Zumthor. It is built almost exclusively from timber lamella that allow both light and ventilation into the museum space.

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Bündner Kunstmuseum © Dominik Gehl

Bündner Kunstmuseum

The Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur was founded around 1900. Part of the museum is located in the historic Villa Planta built in 1874 and 1875 to plans by Johannes Ludwig for Jacques Ambrosius von Planta.

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Caplutta Sogn Benedetg © Dominik Gehl

Caplutta Sogn Benedetg

The shape of Peter Zumthor’s chapel in Sumvitg can be seen in different ways: as half an infinity symbol, a leaf or a water drop. The wooden pillars appear to support the roof like a large canopy.

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Das Gelbe Haus © Dominik Gehl

Das Gelbe Haus (The Yellow House)

This old farmhouse in Flims was painted yellow until its renovation in 1997 by Valerio Olgiati: all interior walls and the external plaster work were removed. It was then painted white inside out.

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Dominik Gehl

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Dominik Gehl

Dominik is a software engineer from Lausanne with a great passion for modern architecture and photography. He shares his images on Instagram and in the English-language online magazine Newly Swissed, which was founded by Dimitri and Mamiko Burkhard in 2010.