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Hotel City Garden / EM2N

  • 01:00 - 19 March, 2010
Hotel City Garden / EM2N
Hotel City Garden / EM2N, © Roger Frei
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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

  • 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
  • Structural Engineering

    Berchtold + Eicher AG
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Grünberg + Partner AG
  • Electrical Engineering

    IBG B. Graf AG Engineering AG
  • Client

    MZ Immobilien AG
  • Construction Management

    Ghisleni Planen Bauen GmbH
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. 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.

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei

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).

© Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
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Star Keck · December 21, 2010

excellent post,however i experience some difficulty in understanding the last section, could you please make it clear a bit in depth?

Galaxian · October 08, 2010

WOW! Thanks for shairing!

Jojo · March 20, 2010

this building is so cold in a cold winter.

Bilo · March 20, 2010

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

rica · March 20, 2010

feel so cold. cold facades.cold inside. who wanna stay here?????

JACK · March 20, 2010

Nice website for architecture

Hampton · March 19, 2010

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

Mark · March 19, 2010 09:08 PM

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

yo · March 19, 2010

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

tim · March 19, 2010

the inside is much more interesting than the exterior!

rpc · March 19, 2010

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

frank knarf · March 19, 2010

I don't like.... nothing , everything's strange

jw · March 19, 2010

corridor is pretty intersting

yeah · March 19, 2010

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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