Museum Surselva

Exhibition stable Turra - Safier stables

One of the characteristic features of the Safi cultural landscape is the scattered settlement. Residential houses, stables, hay barns and alpine huts are scattered across the terrain chambers and shape the image of the valley.


In the 14th century, the Safiental was settled by Walsern from the Rhine Forest. They cleared forest, built houses and thus laid the foundation for an agriculture that could be preserved until the middle of the 20th century. The settlement pattern and the individual buildings still tell of this sustainable but power-consuming agriculture.

Characteristic of traditional agriculture was the decentralized location of the Heus. This led to the annual migrations of the farmers with their animals. They led from stable to stable and in the 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 stable. This eliminates the need for a hike with the animals. At the same time, the numerous outdoor stables lose their function. The modernisation of agriculture will make 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. More than fifty years have passed since then and many of the buildings are in critical condition. Is there a future for the Safier stables?

Different scenarios are conceivable. We can take the view that the stables are no longer in use and are therefore superfluous. Let's dismantle the stables and use the wood in a new context. However, many Safiers and Safierinnen want to preserve their stables. This would support the Safier Stables project. For if we consider the settlement landscape as a cultural heritage, we want the stables and barns to be preserved where there is a will to preserve it. 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 are struggling to find new ideas. Perhaps we are still too fixated on traditional use, perhaps the present time leaves us too little room for new ideas. This is where the Safier Stables project starts. The Safier stables are to be secured with new roofs. At the same time, it is intended to create time for thinking for the search for new uses.


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