The basic idea behind this building complex was to develop a model with a volumetric design and an open structure that would compliment the layout of the surrounding developments. In other words, the aim was not large-scale urbanisation, but rather upholding the existing structure of the neighbourhood. While the 16 detached houses reflect the existing arrangement of the neighbouring built area, the individual buildings are arranged on a checkerboard-like plan, incorporating the existing topography and the distinctive meadow within the settlement.
The Rothusmatt complex lies in an attractive and peaceful residential neighbourhood, yet is still in the middle of the town of Zug. Shops, schools, the station and cultural and entertainment venues are all just a few minutes’ walk away.
We reached out to those who might be interested primarily through a sales brochure and our website. The owners of the new apartments and houses were won over by the information that we provided on colour schemes, landscaping and the materials used. This new «neighbourhood within a neighbourhood» was presented to the public in a supplement that came with the Neue Zuger Zeitung. As a result, 60 % of the properties were sold before construction work began.
The Rothusmatt complex comprises 35 residential units. It is divided into 3 different types of homes. Along the western edge are 5 three-family apartment blocks. They are oriented southwest and have storey-high windowed facades and spacious terraces. The rest of the site offers space for 2 detached houses and 8 semi-detached houses, which can also be constructed as detached houses. They have generous private gardens and benefit from natural light on three sides.
Start of construction work: December 2002
Available to move into: from June 2004
Concept: Prof. Arthur Rüegg
Architects: Wiederkehr Krummenacher
Sales and management: Bentom AG
Project development: Bentom AG
Contractors: Landis Bau AG / Bentom AG
General contractor: Alfred Müller AG