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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.

Jürgen Mayer
BuildingsMetropol 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


Life and workEdit

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 in Hasselt, Belgium; 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 City and at the University of Toronto, Canada.


J. MAYER H. was founded 1996 in Berlin. Since January 2014, when Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in the firm, it has been 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.

Important works (selection)Edit

  • (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, Hasselt Belgium, in cooperation with a2o-architecten and Lensºass architecten, 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
  • XXX Times Square With Love, installation in New York's Times Square, 2016[4]

Awards (selection)Edit

Exhibitions (selection)Edit


  • 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: 16 December 2012 by arte.


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  3. ^ Sarpi Border Checkpoint by J. Mayer H Architects. auf:, 16. November 2011.
  4. ^ WALKER, AMEENA (24 August 2016). "Times Square nods to racy past with X-shaped loungers". Curbed. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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  6. ^ Metropol Parasol – red dot award: product design, 2012 – red dot: best of the best auf:, 7. Juli 2012.

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