Let's walk around Lake St. Moritz to the Oscar Niemeyer house. The landmark home is the only building in Switzerland by the famous Brazilian architect who is considered a pioneer of modern Brazilian architecture. Wander to Parkhaus Serletta. The car park platform juts out over the lake, adding yet another sophisticated accent to St. Moritz's architectural mix. Long escalators will carry you to the distinctive Badrutt's Palace Hotel, which has long characterised the St. Moritz skyline. On Via Serlas there are more architecturally significant buildings to be found – particularly Norman Foster's Murezzan complex. In front of the famous Conditorei Hanselmann you can catch a glimpse of one of the British architect's true masterpieces: the Chesa Futura. This unusually shaped building is reminiscent of a UFO and its façade is clad with around 250,000 larch wood shingles. It stands in stark contrast to Chesa Veglia, an old Engadin farmhouse from 1658 that has been converted into a restaurant.
A few metres away is the Kulm Hotel – St. Moritz's very first hotel, where the notion of "winter holidays" was born in 1864. Opposite this you'll find the leaning tower, a landmark dating back to the 12th century. The tower was originally part of the St. Mauritius Church, which was demolished in 1890. Today this tower with its 5.5 degree tilt remains one of St. Moritz's most spectacular sights. A few steps away: Star architect Norman Foster, an ardent St. Moritz fan, has renovated and extended the Olympic Ice Pavilion dating back to 1905. Now called the Kulm Country Club, it houses a public restaurant with terrace, a bar-lounge and a skate rental facility. Not far from there, you'll find the Cresta Run Club House, which has more in common with Steve McQueen's 1970s Porsche racing car than a typical Engadin house. Just like the nearby Olympic Stadium used during the Winter Olympic Games in 1928 and 1948. For the last two decades the building lay dormant, but it has since been restored by furniture designer Rolf Sachs, a sport and culture enthusiast with strong ties to St. Moritz, who now lives in the former stadium.
If you're keen to continue walking, head over to the Segantini Museum. The impressive main building is located on a steep mountainside overlooking Lake St. Moritz, facing east towards Schafberg Mountain where the Italian artist Segantini passed away. The striking architecture designed by Nicolaus Hartmann (1880–1956) is modelled on the monumental pavilion Segantini dreamt up for the Paris World Exhibition (1900). At the other end of the spectrum, there's the fabulously modern Quattro Bar. This futuristic Alpine tavern on Corviglia, St. Moritz's local mountain, was honoured with an international Red Dot Design Award in 2014.