Hotel City Garden / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Zug,
Project Leaders: Bernd Druffel, Benjamin Nordmann
Project Team: Stefan Berle, David Brodbeck, Bernd Druffel, David Duca, Christian Gammeter, Ryoko Iwase, Takumi Iyoda, Pavel Kolacek, Claudia Meier, Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli, Benjamin Nordmann, Andreas Schmitz, Mario Vahos, Boris Weix
Client: MZ Immobilien AG
Construction Management: Ghisleni Planen Bauen GmbH
Structural Engineering: Berchtold + Eicher AG
Mechanical Engineering: Grünberg + Partner AG
Electrical Engineering: IBG B. Graf AG Engineering AG
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Roger Frei Architekturfotografie

ground floor plan

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.

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The sculptural façade 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 façade 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).

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Cite: "Hotel City Garden / EM2N" 19 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    Ok, I must say I’m pretty shocked that the exterior pictures are actually photos and not renderings. This mirror effect is unbelievably clear – I wonder if it’ll stay this way.

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    absolutely horrible. i’m chilled to the core. everything’s so cold and strangely designed.

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    fantastic builing! looks like images from superstudio. great idea to reflect the sourrounding forest in the facade. RESPECT!

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    Gorgeous! Its ironic that this temporary structure is built much nicer than many structures intended to be permanent.

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      Where’d you get the idea that this would be a temporary structure??? It’s a hotel! Anyway, nice building.

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        “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”

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    Fantastic. Seems out of nowhere, outside of nowadays fashion trends, except fot the room’s interior design. Beautiful materiality (mirror effect). Strange is good.

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