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Hotel City Garden

The Parkhotel in Zug planned to erect a temporary ancillary hotel building on a public site that in 12 to 15 years time will be used as the services area for a road building project. Despite the limited life-span this hotel was to meet the requirements of a four-star facility and to have an unmistakeable character. We developed this project from the serial character of hotel buildings. The standard layout of bedrooms next to each other is transformed into an expressive building volume by swivelling the module. The sculptural facade corresponds with an internal corridor figure; the building is given a head and an end. The idyllic location between the trees on the edge of the woods led to the idea of a reflective facade of polished chrome steel. The facetted building volume mirrors its natural surroundings and transforms the place into a kaleidoscope of building and nature. The short period for which the building will be used called for a time-saving construction method, which led to the use of a combined system (timber frame braced by a concrete core).

Photographs: © Roger Frei, Zurich

Index: 130 PHZ
Dates: Commission 2008 · Planning phase 2008–2009 · Construction 2009

Team EM2N
Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli · Associate: Bernd Druffel · Project leader: Benjamin Nordmann · Project team: Stefan Berle, David Brodbeck, David Duca, Christian Gammeter, Ryoko Iwase, Takumi Iyoda, Pavel Koláček, Claudia Meier, Andreas Schmitz, Mario Vahos, Boris Weix

Specialist Planners
General planning: EM2N Architekten AG, Zurich; Ghisleni Partner AG, Zug · Construction management: Ghisleni Planen Bauen GmbH, St.Gallen · Civil engineer: Gruner Berchtold Eicher AG, Zug (former Berchtold + Eicher Bauingenieure AG, Zug) · Wood engineer: PIRMIN JUNG Schweiz AG, Rain (former Pirmin Jung Ingenieure für Holzbau AG) · Wood construction: Renggli AG, Sursee · Facade planning: Fiorio Fassadentechnik GmbH, Zuzwil · Planning heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and sanitary services: Gruenberg + Partner AG, Zurich · Building physics / acoustics: Gartenmann Engineering AG, Zurich · Electrical services planning: IBG Engineering AG, St.Gallen (former IBG B. Graf AG Engineering) · Interior design: IDA14, Zurich · Signage: Bivgrafik GmbH, Zurich (former Bringolf Irion Vögeli GmbH, Zurich)

Location
Zug, Switzerland

Procedure
Study commission together with Ghisleni Planen Bauen GmbH, Zurich

Client
Zug Estates AG

Year
2008–2009

Status
Built

Program
Conference rooms, Hotel, Kitchen, Reception, Restaurant

Size
3,980 m²

Costs
CHF 18 m.