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Portions of the approximately 80,000 square meter V-ZUG site will be made into a publicly-accessible part of the city, providing space for innovative start-ups, service providers, workshops, studios, laboratories and schools, alongside the industrial infrastructure of V-ZUG. The additional integration of urban facilities provides an organic transition to the living space of the city of Zug.

Technology Cluster Study

With the findings of the study in hand, the city of Zug and V-ZUG are laying the cornerstone for the urban development plan and its vision for a technology and innovation center. This joint development project represents a commitment to sustainability by all the parties involved.

Five planning teams were tasked with identifying business and urban development options for turning the industrial site into a multifunctional city district. The consolidation concept that the teams were required to examine as per the stipulations of the cantonal structure plan opens up new opportunities. The key issues to be resolved by the planners included opening up the site through a wider range of uses, ensuring flexibility in a phased implementation process – as well as integrating the site in the cityscape with minimum ecological impact. The study contract was won by the team at Hosoya Schaefer Architects with Keoto AG (sustainability), Müller Illien (landscape architects), and IBV Hüsler AG (traffic), all from Zurich.

Work activity: Industry, manufacturing, development, office, logistics,
laboratory, warehouse, studio, showroom, training, exhibition, etc.
Urban use

For the innovation and technology cluster, V-ZUG and Metall Zug envisage a focus on core activities in fields such as food, textiles, medical devices or healthcare technology. Members of the community can, for example, also benefit from major synergies in the fields of acoustics, IT, robotics, electronics, sensor technology or materials science.

The space requirements for industrial production have top priority and call for a suitable degree of flexibility in the future development of the potential uses offered at the V-ZUG site. In the study, several different development scenarios were tested.

To optimize the business processes, former manufacturing spaces have been gradually moved to the northern part of the site. This has freed up development potential in the southern part of the site, which can be channeled in stages into a variety of attractive urban uses.

Jury’s Report on Study (PDF, in german)