2013, Roost, Zug, 1st prize

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Roost Ortho v2

Budget lake view.

Roost development, Zug, Switzerland, 2004–2007 and 2010–2013

Four long houses span a generous green space between them – an axis that forms the centre of the complex. The addresses of the houses are marked by extremely striking entrance portals, which act as massive bridges over the steep topography of the upper two houses.


Innen Kuche Aussicht

The façades draw their powerful architectural effect from the length of the buildings. The pastel pale colouring of the filigree railings, the delicate steel columns and the ceiling undersides lend the houses lightness. White lacquered corrugated fiber cement facade panels, and blue & white striped balcony awnings round off the overall Mediterranean atmosphere.

04 Ensemble Siedlungsraum v2
Roost Eingangsgeschoss v2
Budget lake view. Roost development, Zug 2004–2007 and 2010–2013. Entrance level floor plan.
Roost Regelgeschoss v2
Budget lake view. Roost development, Zug 2004–2007 and 2010–2013. Standard floor plan.
Innen Wohnung
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Roost Schnitt v5
Budget lake view. Roost development, Zug 2004–2007 and 2010–2013. Section.
Aussen Eingang 1

A well-proven apartment type prevails: It features a spacious kitchen-living room, a circular walk around the central bathroom core and a very clear zoning in day and night areas. The attic floors of the lower two houses offer an elevated standard of finish – at the request of the building owner.

Roost Wohnungstypologien v2
Budget lake view. Roost development, Zug 2004–2007 and 2010–2013.Apartment floor plan (layout) typology.
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Innen Kuche Balkon

Fridbachweg 1–3, Fridbachweg 11–17, 6300 Zug, Switzerland

Study contract 2002 by invitation, planning and execution 2004–2007 and 2010–2013

Ownership/ builder
City of Zug, AWZ (Allgemeine Baugenossenschaft Zug) – General Building Cooperative, GEWOBA (Genossenschaft für gemeinnützigen Wohnungsbau) – Trade Union Housing and Construction Cooperative 

Spatial program
110 rental apartments, a multi-purpose room 

In the houses on Fridbachweg 5–9 and Fridbachweg 19–23, exclusively the shell construction and the facades were executed after the plans of Gmür & Geschwentner architects.


Patrick Gmür, Michael Geschwentner

Project team
Isabel Bernhard (Huber) (project management), Tanja Wurmitzer, Thomas Rujbr, Eva Schaub, Katja Albiez, Esther Hodel