Engadine houses

Engadine

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Celerina: Cresta Palace nord

Celerina: Cresta Palace nord

Sils: Furtschellas

Sils: Furtschellas

Sils: Hotel Seraina

Sils: Hotel Seraina

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Ecole de ski

Sankt Moritz: Ecole de ski

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Station Piz Nair

Sankt Moritz: Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia - Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Corviglia Snowpark

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Silsersee

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Thanks to their proud architecture, the Engadine houses with their mighty stonewalls and funnel-shaped windows are impressive at first glance. Their soul, however, lies in their artistic decorations, the Sgraffiti.

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Massive walls, deep-set wall-to-wall windows and an archway are typical features of an Engadine house. But what make each Engadine house unique are the Sgraffiti on the plastered facades. The word is derived from the Italian “sgraffiare” (to scratch) and refers to the technique of the traditional craft which migrating workers brought to the Upper Engadine as early as the 16th Century.

Proverbs, patterns and drawings are engraved in the wet plaster. Their effect is not achieved through color but via the intricate interplay of light and shadow. Not infrequently, Sgraffiti reveals something about the occupants of the house. Visitors hear these stories on a guided tour; in some places they can even try their hand at this art. Especially beautiful are the ornaments on the facades of houses in Guarda, which won the Wakker Prize in 1975 for its beauty.

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