The Rüssli Architects is an architecture firm based in Lucerne, Switzerland. The team, consisting of 22 employees, develops plans and challenging construction projects for public and private clients at home and abroad. The company received numerous awards for competent and innovative construction. The team not only creates new residential and commercial buildings but also provide planning studies for individual plots and concepts as well as complete urban concepts. The company is specialized in high quality reconstructions and renovations in historic preservation context. Participation in public competitions and studies is an essential part of the professional activities of the Rüssli Architects.
The siginificante milestones of the company include the construction of the Lakefront Center in Lucerne 2006 with the international Radisson Blu Hotel as main tenant, and the construction of the new Swiss Embassy in Washington DC in the same year. Currently there are projects under construction, resulting from competition such as the Emmi ‘Butterzentrale‘ headquaters in Lucerne and different buildings at the Bürgenstock Resort.
The company was founded in 1964 by Walter Rüssli. After long term engagement in the United States, Justin Rüssli joined the company as partner in 1996. Since 2002 two more partners, Hubert Bühlmann and Rudolf Vollenweider both employess for many years, are involved in the long-term development of the Rüssli Architects Justin Rüssli took over the management in 2004.
Rüssli Architects maintains a partnership with the internationally well-known agency of the Steven Holl Architects of New York. Among other joint projects a wine & spa hotel will be realized.
The Rüssli Architects together with Steven Holl Architects won the RIBA Award in 2007, for the new construction of the residence of the Swiss Emassy in Washington D.C. The successfull team also won the AIA NY Design Award 2007 for the Embassy in Washington.
Rüssli Architects services are in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for sustainable building practice.