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Jürgen Mayer H „could should would”

This lecture looks at the works of J. Mayer H. as activators for public space and the redefinition of our urban environment. One major investment of J. Mayer H. is looking at expanding the material of architecture and the boundaries of the discipline. The evolution of new media and new materials redefines our understanding of space as a platform for communication and a catalyst for socio-cultural interactivity.

With „Rapport“ J. MAYER H. has developed a walk-in installation for the museum’s 10-metre high entrance area. Walls and floor are clad in carpeting on which data security patterns are printed in black and grey. The exhibition „LevelGreen“ renders this highly complex topic tangible, providing for an aesthetic access to information. The „Mensa Karlsruhe“ is an elastic space, sitting in the centre of the Karlsruhe University Campus. To celebrate the three-hundred year anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe, this temporary event pavilion was erected in the city’s Schlossgarten. The team of J. MAYER H. Architects, Lens °Ass and a20-architecten have realized the high-rise building, „the new court of justice”, a structure that stands as a contemporary urban landmark of the new district. In direct proximity to the sweeping landscape of the Rheinaue and with a view of Düsseldorf’s city center, this high rise „Rhein 740“ will shape the silhouette of the left bank of the Rhine, not only in terms of its architecture, but in terms of use as well. The building „ADA1“ site is situated at the intersection between the Hamburg’s lively downtown and its urban landscape rich in water and mature trees. It is at the transition from city to nature, and the gateway building to the bustling metropolitan core.

The experience cluster of the shopping mall „Volt Belrin“ is a fusion concept combining a multi-brand store, various experiential offerings, events, and a hotel, and is directed towards adventurous visitors with a focus on a smart urban lifestyle. With its cantilevering terraces, the tower of Border Checkpoint in Mestia, Georgia, is used as a viewing platform, with multiple levels overlooking the water and the steep part of the coastline. The new built „Queen Tamar Airport“ is part of Georgia’s ambitious plans to develop tourism in Mestia. The one hundred meter long Lazika Pier with its 31 meter high landmark sculpture is one of the first structures to mark the beginning of the development of the new metropolis Lazika, Georgia.

„Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, designed by J. MAYER H. architects, becomes the new icon for Seville, – a place of identification and to articulate Seville’s role as one of the world’s most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Realized as one of the largest and most innovative bonded timber-constructions with a polyurethane coating, the parasols grow out of the archaeological excavation site into a contemporary landmark, defining a unique relationship between the historical and the contemporary city. „Metropol Parasols” mix-used character initiates a dynamic development for culture and commerce in the heart of Seville and beyond.

Text: courtesy of J Mayer H

Photo: Uwe Walter for Autostadt