SWISS TRADITIONNAL ATTIC
This is a "relevé" of a traditional swiss Attic in the region of Grimenz in the Valais. The granary was used to store the grain after the threshing of the cereals but also to store clothes and objects that did not find a place in the house. It uses the same protection technique as the hutches but differs from the latter by the fact that it is generally smaller in size and has several side doors. This cultural heritage has been mainly shaped by the rural past that these villages have known. The structure of the buildings and their location is closely linked to the role they played in peasant life.
The materials used, stone and wood, give the buildings a natural appearance that integrates them perfectly into the landscape. Besides, they contribute to giving the built heritage a unity. This unity is also guaranteed by the construction techniques used: simple and effective because limited by the physical strength of the builders. Stone is used for the foundations and all underground parts; wood, mainly larch, is used to build closed spaces that remain in contact with the natural elements: façades exposed to the sun accumulate heat during the day; in cases where the walls are not very jointed, such as in barns and hutches, the air circulates freely.
Location: Grimenz, Switzerland