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“Architecture Happens Because We Believe in a Better Future”: An Interview with Jürgen Mayer H.

Museum Garage Miami / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Miguel Guzman
Museum Garage Miami / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Miguel Guzman

Architect Jürgen Mayer H. founded his firm J.MAYER.H in Berlin in 1996. He studied both in Germany (Stuttgart University) and in the US (Cooper Union and Princeton). Back in 2010, Mayer H. told me that while his solid professional education in Germany equipped him with the know-how about the technical and practical aspects of architecture, he still lacked a clear vision about how to develop his own thought and an architectural language.

Years of questioning and experimenting eventually led to the development of his own distinctive voice. Mayer H.’s buildings have brought unique identities to many places around the globe, particularly through his use of data protection patterns that triggered the creation of architecture unlike anything seen before. On my recent visit to his studio in West Berlin we discussed the architect’s identity. When I confronted Mayer H. about what he thinks about his signature style at the times when it is no longer celebrated by the media he said, “This started as my voice and by now it is the contribution of an entire team. There is no intention or strategy, just our own capacity to work with the medium of architecture.”

Court of Justice / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Filip DujardinMetropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Nikkol Rot for HolcimRest Stops Gori / Jürgen Mayer . Image © Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-ZahnSarpi Border Checkpoint / Jürgen Mayer. Image © Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn+ 38

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

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  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
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