Jürgen Mayer (architect)

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Jürgen Mayer
Born 1965
Nationality German
Occupation Architect
Buildings Metropol Parasol in Sevilla, Spain & New Airport Building in Mestia, Georgia
Mensa Moltke in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Office building ADA1 in Hamburg, Germany.
Danfoss Universe in Nordborg, Denmark.
Border checkpoint in Sarpi, Georgia

Jürgen Hermann Mayer (born 1965 in Stuttgart) is a German architect and artist. He is the leader of the architecture firm "J. MAYER H." in Berlin and calls himself Jürgen Mayer H. to avoid confusion.

J. MAYER H. was founded 1996 in Berlin. Since in January, 2014 Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in the firm it is called J. Mayer H. und Partner, Architekten. It focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication, and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings, to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology, and nature form the background for a new production of space.

Life and work[edit]

He studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and at Princeton University.[1] Since 1996 he has been working as an architect. Recent national and international projects include Metropol Parasol, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville, Spain; the Court of Justice Hasselt; Pavilion KA300, built in celebration of Karlsruhe’s 300th jubilee, and several public and infrastructural projects in Georgia—for example, an airport in Mestia, the border checkpoint in Sarpi, and three rest stops along the highway in Gori and Lochini. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York and MoMA San Francisco [2] and also private collections. National and international awards include the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award-Emerging-Architect-Special-Mention-2003, Winner Holcim Award Bronze 2005 and Winner Audi Urban Future Award 2010. He has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London, the Columbia University, New York and at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Important works (selection)[edit]

  • Stadt.haus (Stadthalle Scharnhauser Park, Ostfildern), 1998–2002, exhibited in the Permanent Collection of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Biennial in Venice 2004, Arsenale and the German pavilion
  • Rotor Penthouse, private building, Denmark, 2004–2006
  • Mensa Moltke, Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004–2007
  • Metropol Parasol, redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain, 2004–2011
  • ADA1, office building, Hamburg, Germany, 2005–2007
  • Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark, 2005–2007
  • Dupli.Casa, private house, near Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2005–2008
  • S11, office building, Hamburg, Germany, 2007–2009.
  • Highway Rest Stop 1 and 2, Gori and Lochini, Georgia, 2009 – 2011.
  • Border Checkpoint, Sarpi, Georgia, 2010–2011[3]
  • Queen-Tamar-Airport, Mestia, Georgia, 2010.
  • JOH3, residential building, Johannisstraße 3, Berlin, Germany, 2009–2011
  • Pier Sculpture, Lazika, Georgia, 2012
  • Court of Justice, in cooperation with a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten, Hasselt, Belgium, 2005-13
  • Schaustelle, space for experiments, Munich, Germany, 2012–2013
  • Sonnenhof, office and residential buildings, Jena, Germany, 2008–2014
  • FOM, Düsseldorf, University building, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2012–2015
  • Pavilion KA300, pavilion for the city jubilee, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2014–2015

Awards (selection)[edit]

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

  • Vitra Design Museum 2007: Housewarming MyHome
  • San Francisco Museum 2009: Patterns of Speculation
  • La Biennale di Venezia, Italian pavilion 2009: Pre.Text / Vor.Wand
  • Global Design, Museum für Gestaltung 2010: Pre.Text / Vor.Wand
  • Showroom Euroboden Munich 2010: Re.Flecks
  • Berlinische Galerie 2011: RAPPORT. Experimentelle Raumstrukturen'
  • Art Institue of Chicago 2012: Wirrwarr
  • Galerie Eigen+Art Berlin 2013: Black.See
  • Lugadero 2014: Retraro Robot
  • Istanbul Design Biennial 2014: NAP GAP
  • Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism/Architecture 2014: Border Warehouse
  • Incite gallery Bangalore 2015: the work of J. Mayer H.
  • Beijing Design Week 2014: Exhibition Design+
  • Istanbul Biennale Exhibition 2015: FIN-GER
  • Ecola exhibition 2015: Hands-on


  • Architekturforum Aedes|Aedes Galerie und Architekturforum (ed.), Kristin Feireiss, Hans-Jürgen Commerell: J. Mayer H., surphase architecture. (exhibition catalogue). Aedes, Berlin 2002.
  • Cristina Steingräber (ed.): metropol parasol, Staatliche Museen Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-88609-519-3
  • Henry Urbach (ed.): J. Mayer H., Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2008, ISBN 978-3-7757-2223-0
  • Neeraj Bhatia, Jürgen Mayer H. (ed.): arium, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2009, ISBN 978-3-7757-2540-8
  • Suh Kyong won (ed.): DD 19 Activators. DAMDI Architecture Publisher, Ostfildern 2011, ISBN 89-91111-21-1
  • Berlinische Galerie (ed.): Rapport, 2011
  • Andres Lepik, Andre Santer (ed.): metropol parasol, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2011, ISBN 978-3-7757-2837-9
  • J. Mayer H., Cristina Steingräber (ed.): Wirrwarr, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2011, ISBN 978-3-7757-2837-9
  • J. Mayer H. (ed.): A.WAY, Trademark Publishing 2011, ISBN 978-3-9813228-5-9.
  • Wilko Hoffmann (ed.): Could Should Would, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2015, ISBN 978-3-7757-4053-1


  • Jürgen Mayer H. Der Architekt der Kurven. (Alternativtitel: J. Mayer H. – Architektur als Abenteuer.) documentary film, Germany, 2011, 26 min., book and direction: Claudius Gehr, production: planetfilm, NDR, arte, first broadcast: December 16, 2012 by arte.


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