Challenges and opportunities of collective reuse of stables in the non-construction area

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Type and Duration

FFF-Förderprojekt, May 2019 until August 2020 (finished)


Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Humanities, Cultural and Social Studies

Field of Research

Kultur und Raum


Stables create identity and shape the cultural landscapes. Due to technical achievements and social changes, many of the peripheral stables are no longer in use. The number of farms decrease and the remaining farms are relocated in central economic buildings that comply with todays' norms. The conversion of old stables into holiday homes rises a paradox and is diametrically opposed to the separation of building and non-building areas. The question arises: How can old stables and barns be maintained as built heritage? This paper aims to illustrate the current situation of old stables in the Canton of Grisons and contributes to the debate on re-using obsolete farm buildings. For this purpose, the topic is investigated through a social science approach and is embedded in a theoretical context. The insights show that old stables can be understood as vacancies in the cultural landscape. They are located in an in between space. In order to preserve the old stables as cultural heritage, no exceptional permits may be granted for conversion into private holiday homes. Within the current discussion there is a lack of precise concepts for the building typologies of obsolete farm buildings.

Project results:


Transformation/ Change, Stable, Cultural landscape, Non-building area


  • Forschungsförderungsfonds der Universität Liechtenstein