An old stable transformed into a light-filled loft: the Stalla d’Immez in the remote Val Müstair opens up a new dimension to its over 300-year old history. A versatile spatial experience with a view of the impressive mountain backdrop of Piz Lad and Piz Terza.
The mountain village of Santa Maria near the Swiss National Park is not only home to the smallest hospital in the country, but also the smallest bar in the world. A place off the beaten tracks of tourism, whose sustainable approach allows people and nature to interact. On the outskirts of the village lies the Stalla d’Immez, built in the 17th century from natural stone and wood, which was once used as a cattle, horse and hen house. With a servants’ chamber as an annex. Together with the Bündner Denkmalpflege (Heritage Conservation Department), the historic building was carefully renovated by its owners and adapted to today’s living comfort without losing its original atmosphere.
For this purpose, the two storeys of the barn were opened and connected in order to form a loft-like space with large, high-ceilinged windows that merges all living areas. The open kitchen and the long dining table blend into the spacious lounge area with vintage classics and a vinyl collection, as well as into the ground-level bedroom, which is separated from the rest of the spacious room by fittings and screens. Directly above it, the second bedroom floats on a gallery. As does a small indoor balcony opposite the kitchen – for reading, listening to music and observing nature. Only the bathroom with bathtub and the winter garden, which can be used as a cosy fireplace parlour, are separated.
Through the complete opening of the entire barn, the graceful historical attic and the impressive hayrack that divides the space have been staged in a way that is both striking and discreet at the same time. The furniture dating back to the period of construction has been enhanced with design pieces from different eras. The house has its own small garden.
What to do
The Val Müstair Biosphere Reserve is ideal for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and cross-country skiing. It is also worth exploring the village of Santa Maria, e.g. the Tessanda handicraft workshop, the history museum, the whisky distillery, the antique carpentry workshop, two riding stables, Ayurvedic treatments, shiatsu, yoga or an excursion to the San Jon monastery in Müstair (founded by Charlemagne). Home to many cultural creators, the Art Val Müstair art association presents a freely accessible exhibition of contemporary art every summer.
Why we like this house
Thoughtful renovation with loft atmosphere in an interesting location
This house is great for
Holiday home: one to four people. For workshops and retreats by prior arrangement: about eight people, further sleeping accommodation can be found in the Chasa Parli nearby.
|Region||CH – Switzerland, Lower Engadine, Val Müstair, Santa Maria|
|Scenery||In a small mountain village at 1375 a.s.l.|
|Number of guests||Max. 4|
|Completed||17th century, 2021|
|Design||Tim Krohn, Micha Friemel|
|Published||NZZ Bellevue 2/2023|
|Architecture||Listed building - old, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-4 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Loft, Mountains, Skiing|
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