AD Round Up: Awesome Airports

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. Wins Competition to Design Berlin “Experience Center”

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J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt ,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near ’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid.

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

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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

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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.

J. Mayer H. Designs 70-Meter Tower for Duesseldorf

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J. Mayer H. has been crowned as winner of an invited competition to design a 19-story medical services and residential high-rise in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The “sculptural” tower, which is defined by the horizontal “cloud-shaped” aluminum strips that cloak its facade, is designed to “provide a natural atmosphere” enhanced by planted terraces and balconies overlooking the adjacent landscape of the Rheinaue and views of

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

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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 ’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.

Schaustelle / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Straße 40, 80333 ,
Designed For: Pinakothek der Moderne und Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Bayrisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst
Year: 2013
Photographs: Photographs of Architecture, Rainer Viertlböck, Markus Lanz, Dennis Bangert

Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: , Germany
Architect In Charge: AB Wiesler, Michael Gruber, Stuttgart
Design Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Sebastian Finckh, Paul Angelier, Hugo Reis, Julian Blümle
Area: 488 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: David Franck

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

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects + a2o architecten + Lens°Ass architecten
Location: Monseigneur Broekxplein, Hasselt, Belgium
Design Team : 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 : Bart Lens, Massimo Pignanelli, Philippe Dirix, Jan Achten
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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

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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

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Schlump ONE – Hamburg,
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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jan Bitter, Ludger Paffrath

‘Schaustelle’ Temporary Pavilion / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Designed by J. MAYER H., the ‘Schaustelle’ or ‘show site’ will be a temporary pavilion and platform for the four collections housed at the Pinakothek der Moderne in , Germany. The temporary closure has been seen as an opportunity that will give rise to a makeshift exhibition building – the Schaustelle. Set up to hold exhibitions, workshops, talks, performances, film screenings and video installations, and much more, the scheme has been initiated by the Pinakothek der Moderne Foundation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

JOH 3 / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architect: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Berlin,
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
Completion: Spring 2012
Client: Euroboden Berlin GmbH
Architect on Site: Architekturbuero Wiesler, Stuttgart with Thomas Quinten Projektmanagement, Berlin
Structural Engineers: EiSat GmbH, Berlin
Photographs: Ludger Paffrath, Patricia Parinejad, Rick Jannack

   

Mestia Police Station / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: , Georgia
Design Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Hugo Reis, Danny Te Kloese
Completion: 2012
Clients: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Georgia
Photographs: Courtesy of J. MAYER H. Architects

House of Justice / J. MAYER H. Architects

© Beka Pkhakadze, Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn

J. MAYER H. Architects, known for focusing on works that demonstrate the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology, shared with us their House of Justice project. Their building serves as a two storey civic centre for the people in the area, a village with a strong cultural heritage in the Caucasus Mountains. More images and architects’  brief description after the break.

Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
Location: , Georgia
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn, Danny te Kloese, Hugo Reis
Client: Ministry of Justice of Georgia
Floor Space: 350m2
Project: 2011
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Beka Pkhakadze, Jesko M. Johnsson-Zahn

Seeing the Building for the Trees by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

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This article, recently seen on The New York Times, was kindly shared with us by the author Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

A REVOLUTION in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.

This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know. Many of the associations we make emerge from the fact that we live inside bodies, in a concrete world, and we tend to think in metaphors grounded in that embodiment.

Quartier M / J. MAYER H. Architects

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In a three-level peer review process that resulted in two first-prize winners, an urban planning concept was developed by J. MAYER H. Architects for the area of what was once the post office on Erkrather Strasse. The so-called “Quartier M” is to serve as the future link between the Hauptbahnhof central station and Tanzhaus NRW/Capitol, becoming a lively city quarter for living and working. In addition to offices and a hotel, the trend-setting urban design also provides for both privately financed and government subsidized public housing. 
Other plans include space for a day care center for children and service providers for the quarter. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Sarpi,
Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christoph Emenlauer
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ucha Tsotseria, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze