Metalli-Areal, Zug


2017, 2019 -


Zug Estates AG
Stadt Zug, Baudepartement


Zug, Switzerland


Commercial, housing, retail, hotel


Plot: 22'500 sqm
Total floor area: 78’500 sqm


Invited competition 2017,
1st Prize
QKV 2019, 1st Prize


Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG
NYX Architectes GmbH

Project Team:

Markus Schaefer, Alexander Kneer, Ekaterina Nagibina-François, Victor Lepik, Alain Vorlet


Lorenz Eugster Landschaftsarchitektur und Städtebau GmbH
TEAMverkehr.zug AG

Press: 12.03.2020 12.03.2020 12.03.2020 12.03.2020 12.03.2020 16.03.2022 25.03.2020


In the 21st century, Zug transforms into a city and Metalli into a central urban area, turning the existing Metalli Mall into the Metalli neighborhood. To achieve this, the area should open up and become more permeable to the outside, thus optimally linking the surrounding districts. It becomes part of the city fabric.

Through reconstruction, punctual densification and the opening of entrances and pathways, the area will transform and connect to the urban fabric, while the newly formed Metalliplatz will turn it into a central city location. The collective spaces, the density of use and identification that have developed over time in the area’s interior will face the city. The area is maturing.

Four squares and two courtyards with different identities are linked to each other and to the cityscape by a series of alleyways. A continuous pavement provides an urban identity to the squares and highlights their design. Three gardens with varying degrees of publicness serve as walkable miniatures of Zug’s natural properties—from the “Little Wilderness”, to the “Mountain Lake” in front of the new apartments, or the “Mountain Forest” on the converted building on Baarerstrasse.



Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503