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Origen Festival Cultural

Origen
©Benjamin Hofer
The name Origen is Rhaeto-Romanic and means genesis, origin, creation. This cultural instituation shows a variety art at Riom and at many other places.

Origen Festival Cultural

The name Origen is Rhaeto-Romanic and means genesis, origin, creation. Accordingly, the programme of the festival is a commitment to the cultural power of a trilingual region which thrives on cultural exchange. The cultural organisation Origen is responsible for the annual Origen Festival of Culture and primarily dedicates itself to the promotion and production of professional contemporary opera.

The cultural house of the future

Technology, research and innovation
The White Tower demonstrates the groundbreaking possibilities of research from computer-aided design, digital fabrication, structural engineering and materials science. The market-ready innovations in these research fields will fundamentally change construction and make it more sustainable. Robotic extrusion processes allow concrete to be selectively applied only where it is structurally needed. This reduces material consumption by half. The new design freedoms allow expressive shapes, the efficient production of one-offs and the elimination of expensive formwork.

Architecture, art and culture
The White Tower of Mulegns is a tribute to the confectioners of Graubünden. It serves as a walk-in installation, intimate concert space and place of cultural mediation. The central design element of the tower consists of a series of 32 branching, 3D-printed columns. Visitors ascend a spiral staircase through a series of colonnades to reach the chamber stage on the top floor. The hall on the top floor of the White Tower has a 45-seat stage and is designed for theater and concerts. The White Tower offers a succession of abstract, atmospherically dense zones conceived as a vertical enfilade. The striking diversity of the tower's forms is reminiscent of the craftsmanship of the master builders of the Baroque era 

Rendering Weisser Turm
© Prof. Benjamin Dillenburger

Other Venues

Origen builds temporary buildings, embedded in the surrounding landscape, which serve as a backdrop. Although the venues vary from year to year, Origen has two parent companies in his home town of Riom.

The medieval castle in Riom and the Clavadeira of Monsieur Carisch, in which the Sontga Crousch barn serves as a winter theater. With the theater in the “Clavadeira”, the festival was given an infrastructure that can be used all year round for the first time.

Wakker Prize for the Nova Fundaziun Origen

The important award is given to the Graubünden cultural institution “Nova Fundaziun Origen” for its exemplary handling of the existing building culture in the mountain village of Riom. It was launched in 2006 and has established a theater business and a festival of national importance and international reputation.

On August 18, 2018, the ceremonial handover of the Wakker Prize 2018 to the "Nova Fundaziun Origen" by the Swiss Homeland Security took place. This is the first time that a civil society organization has received the coveted award.

Origen Savognin

The café in the Villa Carisch and Restaurant Taratsch

The Taratsch restaurant opens with refined Italian cuisine, while the confectioner works in the Villa Carisch and invites you to coffee and cake in Monsieur Carisch's enchanting world of wallpaper.

The menu in Café Carisch is reminiscent of the large cake castles of the Bündner Kaffeebarone, which worked around the world. The house is open to all interested parties. The café cordially invites all theater-goers. In summer you can also linger in the wonderful garden. Open during the season.

Cafe Carisch Riom Origen

Save Mulegns

Last chance for Mulegns

The unique architectural and cultural-historical substance of the village of Mulegns is substantially threatened. The Nova Fundaziun Origen, winner of the Wakker Prize 2018, has acquired the buildings of the “Post Hotel Löwe” and the “Weisse Villa” of the Jegher family in Mulegns, thus saving them from the looming destruction.

The vision

Mulegns' potential is its stories. The village knows a lot about traveling. Illustrious guests from many countries stayed in the splendid beds of the "Post Hotel Löwe". Big legends from Bordeaux, Innsbruck and Constantinople have grown up around the confectioner dynasties of Jegher and Poltera. Fabulous fairies and daring shepherds roam the plateaus around the village. We want to tell these stories. With exhibitions, room installations and lectures on cultural history.

Mulegns tells his stories. And so finds new life.

Origen Verschiebung Weisse Villa Mulegns

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