Conversion of a late medieval House in Stuls, Grisons
Angela Deuber Architect
In cooperation with Rudolf Fontana und Partner
Conversion of a protected double house with stable
2010 – 2012
7482 Stugl/Stuls, Grisons, Switzerland
Photography: © Archiv ADA / Schaub Stierli Fotografie
Situated on an alpine sun terrace above the Albula Valley, after the nearby Romansh church the house is the oldest building in the hamlet of Stuls. Beginning in the fourteenth century the building has been constructed in several phases. The house consists, on each floor, of two nearly square parts each divided into four rooms by two intersecting walls. These two parts are spatially independent of one another.
A new hidden double spiral stair complements the direct simplicity of the floor plan and clarifies the relationship between the two parts. A door on the first floor connects the two flights thereby composing the two building parts into an almost endless and labyrinthine entity.
The roof is supported by the outer walls and a single off centre post located directly above the intersection of the underlying walls. Two perpendicular beams transfer the roof load to the post with a near brutal simplicity. Consequently, beneath the roof a large space is opened which is, nonetheless, in character with the four room structure of the building.