The Engadine House

The Engadine House

Chesa Wazzau is a typical Engadine farmhouse: a solid stone building with a broad gabled roof, a big front door and small windows set deep into the walls. Edges, arches and window surrounds are decorated with “sgraffiti” consisting of ornamentation, drawings and pictures. The Engadine farmer has always kept all his belongings in one building: the family home, cow shed and hay barn, store, cellar and a covered courtyard are united under one roof, a large barn door separating the entrance room from the hay barn.

The small windows resembling embrasures are also typical of an Engadine house: the smaller the window, the less heat can escape from the house. However, the window recesses are funnel shaped to let as much light as possible into the rooms. The living room windows look out over the street or the forecourt – ideal for keeping an eye on what is going on in the village.