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Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants

10:00 - 6 March, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants, James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the list of participants invited to contribute to the event’s second edition, which will be held from September 16 to January 7, 2018 in Chicago. More than 100 architecture firms and artists have been selected by 2017 artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee, to design exhibitions that will be displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout the city.

“Our goal for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is to continue to build on the themes and ideas presented in the first edition,” explained Johnston and Lee. “We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice.”

J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs

12:30 - 7 September, 2016
J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs, © Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com
© Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com

Adding to the ever-changing public landscape of Times Square, German artist and architect J. Mayer H. has unveiled XXX TIMES SQUARE WITH LOVE, three bright-pink, X-shaped custom lounge chairs that allow visitors to lie back and take in the cacophony of lights and sounds for which Times Square is famous. Originally inspired by the “X-like” intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, the name also serves as a cheeky reference to the adult theaters and sex shops that once lined the square before its revitalization in the 1990s.

XXX Times Square with Love / J. Mayer H. Architects

03:00 - 30 August, 2016
XXX Times Square with Love / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Rob Kassabian
© Rob Kassabian

© Rob Kassabian © JMAYERH © Marsha Ginsberg for @TSqArts © Rob Kassabian +23

Is There a European Identity in Architecture?

09:30 - 7 October, 2015

“There is a certain tradition, history, and continuity that you can read in European architecture”
- Spela Videcnik, OFIS arhitekti

A product of context and history, Europe has influenced the architecture world in a way that perhaps no other continent has. The continent is the topic of the latest video from the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, produced in relation to their European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, in which prize-nominated architects from 16 European cities are interviewed on what they believe brings them together, and what makes them different.

As a US citizen who has previously lived in Europe for two years, I was struck by the essential question prompted by the video: “Is there a European identity in architecture?” And if so, what exactly is it? To try to answer this question, I sat down with ArchDaily’s managing editor Rory Stott - a Brit - to debate differing perspectives.

2015 Prize Winner - Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Barozzi / Veiga. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Gym Hall TNW / NL Architects. Image © Luuk Kramer Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H + Arup. Image © Javier Orive 2013 Prize Winner - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects +6

Excerpt: Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity

08:30 - 18 August, 2015
CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault
CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault

No matter what you think of it, these days there is no denying that a celebrity culture has a significant effect on the architecture world, with a small percentage of architects taking a large portion of the spotlight. Questioning this status quo, Vladimir Belogolovsky's new book "Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity" interrogates some of these famous architects to find out what they think of the culture which has elevated them to such heights. In this excerpt from the book's foreword, Belogolovsky asks how we got into this celebrity-loving architectural culture, and what it means for the buildings produced.

Not to be confused with other kinds of stars, the most popular of architects are identified as “starchitects.”* Is this a good thing? The notion of starchitecture is hated wholeheartedly by most of the leading architectural critics. They run away from addressing the issue because they think it has nothing to do with professional criticism. But what do the architects think? One of the architectural megastars, Rem Koolhaas, was astonishingly self-effacing in an interview for Hanno Rauterberg’s 2008 book Talking Architecture:

“I think what we are experiencing is the global triumph of eccentricity. Lots of extravagant buildings are being built, buildings that have no meaning, no functionality. It’s rather about spectacular shapes and, of course, the architects’ egos.”

Sonnenhof / J. MAYER H. Architects

03:00 - 13 August, 2015
Sonnenhof / J. MAYER H. Architects, © David Franck
© David Franck

© David Franck © David Franck © David Franck © David Franck +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sonnenhof 9, 07743 Jena, Germany
  • Design Team

    Christoph Emenlauer, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christian Paelmke, Max Reinhardt, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
  • Project Architects

    Jens Seiffert
  • Area

    9555.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Pavilion for the City Jubilee / J. Mayer H. Architects

13:00 - 28 June, 2015
Pavilion for the City Jubilee  / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Frank Dinger
© Frank Dinger

© Frank Dinger © Frank Dinger © Michael Kneffel © Uli Deck +14

Hasselt Court of Justice / J. Mayer H. Architects + a2o architecten + Lens°Ass architecten

15:00 - 30 May, 2015
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium
  • Design Team J Mayer H Architects

    Jürgen Mayer H., Georg Schmidthals, Marcus Blum, Güvenc Özel, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
  • Design Team a2o architecten

    Luc Vanmuysen, Jo Berben, Tim Vekemans, Mannfred Benditz
  • Design Team Lens°Ass architecten

    Bart Lens, Massimo Pignanelli, Philippe Dirix, Jan Achten
  • Area

    3,200 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin +22

AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

00:00 - 13 July, 2014
AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA
AD Classics: Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen. Image © MWAA

If there is a universal truth, it is that nobody likes spending time in an airport. This article from the Financial Times corroborates this fact, pointing out that, no matter how well-designed a terminal is, people make every effort to leave it as soon as possible. While the novelty of air travel has worn off since its inception in the 20th century, the work devoted to designing airports has only increased. We’ve collected some of our favorite terminals we'd actually love to get stuck in, including works by Eero Sarinen, SOM, Fentress, J. Mayer H., KCAP, Paul Andreu, bblur architecture and 3DReid, Corgan Associates, De Bever, and Studio Fuksas. Enjoy!

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children, © Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg
© Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg

An expansion to their permanent Level Green exhibition at Volkswagen Autostadt visitor’s center in Wolfsburg, J. MAYER H. has completed a “playful learning landscape”  of inhabitable solid wood sculptures that allow children to explore various aspects of sustainability. From the “issue of mobility” to cooking courses, the “MobiVersum” is designed to challenge children’s motor skills and imagination. 

J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe's Anniversary Pavilion

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
J. Mayer H. Chosen to Design Karlsruhe's Anniversary Pavilion , Courtesy of J. Mayer H.
Courtesy of J. Mayer H.

In a design competition hosted by the German city of Jubilee, J. Mayer H. Architects and Rubner Holzbau have won the commission for a temporary event pavilion which will be erected in Castle Park in March of 2015 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe.

Hasselt Court of Justice / J. Mayer H. Architects + a2o architecten + Lens°Ass architecten by Hufton+Crow

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
Hasselt Court of Justice / J. Mayer H. Architects + a2o architecten + Lens°Ass architecten by Hufton+Crow, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

The Hasselt Court of Justice will be one of the two high-rise buildings that are part of the restructured former railway station. The site will include a park, public buildings, offices, hotels and urban residential blocks. Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects, along with a2o architecten and LensºAss architecten, the courthouse references in the design process refer both to the image of the “tree”, the hazelnut trees in the City of Hasselt’s coat of arms, and steel structures in the once industrial- and Art Nouveau-influenced area.

Hufton+Crow have shared with us these amazing photos of the project. More after the break.

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +36

Schaustelle / J. Mayer H. Architects

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
Schaustelle / J. Mayer H. Architects , © Photographs of Architecture
© Photographs of Architecture

© Photographs of Architecture Rainer Viertlböck, 2013 © Fotograf / Pinakothek der Moderne Markus Lanz © Pinakothek der Moderne © Photographs of Architecture +15

Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 4 April, 2013
Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects, © David Franck
© David Franck

© David Franck © David Franck © David Franck © David Franck +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stuttgart, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    AB Wiesler, Michael Gruber, Stuttgart
  • Design Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Sebastian Finckh, Paul Angelier, Hugo Reis, Julian Blümle
  • Structural Engineer

    Gunter Kopp, Leutenbach, Nellmersbach
  • Service Engineers

    IB Funk und Partner, Leutenbach
  • Area

    488.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

New Institute Building for FOM / J. Mayer H. Architects

23:00 - 26 November, 2012
Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects
Courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects

Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects, the new, modern college seminar building for FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management University of Applied Sciences gGmbH will include approximately 1,400 student seats, office units, underground parking and a spacious, green campus. The innovative building also features an extraordinary exterior façade with curved cantilevered balconies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Schlump ONE / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 25 October, 2012
Schlump ONE / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schlump ONE – Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Hans Schneider
  • Design Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Mehrdad Mashaie, Ana Alonso de la Varga
  • Landscape Architects

    Breimann Bruun Simons
  • Structural Engineers

    WTM Engineers
  • Building Services

    Energiehaus Ingenieure
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2012
JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects, © Ludger Paffrath
© Ludger Paffrath

© Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath © Ludger Paffrath +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Project Architect

    Hans Schneider
  • Project Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Wilko Hoffmann, Filipa Frois Almeida
  • Competition Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Thorsten Blatter, Marcus Blum
  • Architect on Site

    Architekturbuero Wiesler, Stuttgart with Thomas Quinten Projektmanagement, Berlin
  • Structural Engineers

    EiSat GmbH, Berlin
  • Client

    Euroboden Berlin GmbH
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Mestia Police Station / J. Mayer H. Architects

00:00 - 16 April, 2012
Mestia Police Station / J. Mayer H. Architects, Courtesy of  j. mayer h. architects
Courtesy of j. mayer h. architects

Courtesy of  j. mayer h. architects Courtesy of  j. mayer h. architects ground floor plan section +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mestia, Georgia
  • Design Team

    Jürgen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Hugo Reis, Danny Te Kloese
  • Clients

    Ministry of Internal Affairs, Georgia
  • Project Year

    2012