Rüssli Architekten AG is a successful firm of architects based in Lucerne. The Team, currently consisting of 22 employees, develops and plans demanding construction projects for public and private customers in Switzerland and abroad. The company has received numerous awards for competent and innovative building. In addition to new constructions for residential and commercial buildings, the team of architects produces plans and studies for individual plots of land and designs for entire urban development complexes. The company also specialises in high-quality rebuilding and renovation in the context of the preservation of historic buildings and monuments. Participation in public competitions and studies is an essential part of the professional activities of Rüssli Architekten AG.

The “Lakefront Center Luzern”, which was completed in 2006, with the international SAS Radisson Hotel as its main tenant, and the new Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C. represent milestones in the office’s existence. Varied and complex plans are currently being worked upon for rebuilding projects and for new buildings from private and public customers in Switzerland and abroad.

The company was founded in 1964 by Walter Rüssli. In 1996, after many years of activity in the USA, Justin Rüssli joined the company as a partner. Since the beginning of 2002, two more partners have been participating in Rüssli Architekten AG and its long-term development: the long-serving colleagues Hubert Bühlmann and Rudolf Vollenweider. In 2004 Justin Rüssli took over the business management with the two partners. Since 2005, there has been another partner in the team: Peter Steinmann.

Rüssli Architekten AG maintains a cooperative partnership with the internationally renowned firm of Steven Holl Architects in New York. As well as joint competition projects, the implementation of projects, especially in Europe, is being substantially expanded.


"Fine Grain", Extension Art House Zurich
"Fusion of landscape and archtecture", 5-Diamond Hotel Hertenstein, 2.Place
Study work "Fleur de Sel", Residential development, Flossenmatt Meggen

Center for Civil Protection Nidwalden - ZBNW, Oberdorf
"Coppertone" Wettsteinpark Lucerne
"Breaking the Ice“ Eco Resort Andermatt
C.F. Bucherer Stand, Baselworld 2008
Housing Seeburg, Lucerne
Residence in Kastanienbaum, Study work, 1. Place

Study work Alpenblick Cham, 3. Place
Study work Wydenhof Kriens, 2. Place

"Faltbogen", Extension Congress Center Interlaken
"höherhören", Renovation UNI Luzern/PHZ Zentralschweiz

Langensand Bridge, Lucerne

University of St. Gallen extension

University of Lucerne development
Senior Citizens and Nursing Home Schattdorf, honorable mentioned
Dreilinden School Building extension, Lucerne, 4. prize
St. Niklausen Residence, Horw

>>> New Residence at the Swiss Embassy, Washington D.C., 1. Prize
Museum of Modern Art, Bolzano, Honorable mentioned
Unterloechli housing, Lucerne, 2. prize

>>> Cantonal Police Headquarter extension, Lucerne, 1. prize
Tivoli Housing, Lucerne

>>> Expo 02, Arteplage Biel, with Steven Holl, 2. prize

Schoenbuehlhuegel Housing, Lucerne, 1. prize
Wohnen im Tribschen Project, Lucerne, 2. prize
Hotel Kreuz design study, Sachseln, 1. prize

>>> Richemont Bakery and Confectionery College, Luzern, 1. prize

Seebruecke, Luzern, 2. prize

Frohburg Pedestrian Footbridge, 1. prize

Casino general-purpose hall, Affoltern, 1. prize

Landis & Gyr, Zug, 2. prize

>>> Grosshof Courthouse and Correctional Facilities, Kriens, 1. prize

Railway Station, Lucerne, 3. prize


July 2007
RIBA Award 2007 honors the Ruessli Architects for the new Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C.

February 2007
Steven Holl Architects receive together with Ruessli Architects the AIA NY Design Award 2007 for the new Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C