In 1913 the comfortable bathhouse came into operation as a visible sign of the upswing of the health and wellness resorts Scuol-Tarasp-Vulpera and today still represents the golden age of tourism of the early 20th Century. It is one of the major works of neo-classical architecture with art nouveau elements in the Grisons. Today it is the Center for Contemporary Art and for its 100th Birthday in the year 2013 urgently needed restoration and renovation should be completed.
Representative building: the architects Koch and Seiler (St. Moritz) built the new building on the foundations of a power house from the 19th Century. The transverse rectangular building is situated on the banks of the Inn, near the old covered wooden bridge. The main front is two stories and faces north. In the front a pillared gallery at ground level and a steep triangular gable over the central part form the main accents of the imposing building. The three-storey south facade features a central section highlighted by four fluted pilasters in colossal order and it characterises the river side of the house together with the triangular gabled roof and the mezzanine floor.
The inner life: the original disposition of the interior has been preserved to this day. Therefore, we adopt the following description of Dorta from 1913: ”The internal system was solved quite happily in the following way: Below ground level in the middle section the laundry facility is housed to the right the laundry and to the left the boiler house and the locksmith workshop. In both storeys we find a spacious and comfortable central vestibule(10 m by 10 m). The ground floor houses the common bathrooms : to the right the men’s division, to the left the women’s. The corridors of both divisions lead to the relaxation lounges which face toward the park in a bay fashion. A wide marble staircase connects the ground level antechamber with the vestibule of the first floor. The dividing wall of the staircase in dark marble tiles with greyish rendered plinth makes for an elegant, refined appearance in total. To the right of the vestibule of the first floor we find the hydrotherapy unit with warm and hot-air baths and electrical applications. “(Quote from Isabelle Rucki, hotel inventory Scuol-Tarasp-Vulpera, Cultural Heritage Preservation of the Canton of Graubünden, Chur, typescript, 1981)
For more information see brochure Fundaziun NAIRS: PDF