Flims, Gelbe Haus. Photo/Foto: TES:

The Yellow House is Actually White

The architect Rudolf Olgiati (1910-1995) is the pioneer of modern architecture in Grisons. He based himself mainly on the architecture of the Engadine, ancient Greece and the designs of his compatriot Le Corbusier (1887-1967). In addition to remarkable new buildings, particularly residential buildings, he also preserved many characteristic houses in Engadin from being demolished. Just before his death, he donated the Gelbe Haus, (Yellow House) in Flims, which he had designed, to this municipality under the conditions that it should be plastered entirely in white and that it should be used for cultural purposes. That is why the Gelbe Haus in Flims is as white as houses on Santorini (Greece).