ARCHITECT ON CHASING THE TREE: JURGEN MAYER. H01 June 2020
Mayer was born on 30 October 1965 in Stuttgart, Germany. After receiving education in prominent institutions such as Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union, and Princeton University, he opened his own architecture office in 1996.
Jürgen Mayer was a lecturer at Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and received many awards crowning his success such as Mies van der Rohe Award, Holcim Award, Audi Urban Future Award and Red Dot Design Award.
After opening his own architecture office in Berlin in 1996, Mayer quickly rose to fame with his geometrical structures which were reminiscent of the digital era. His work has been exhibited among the international collections of prominent institutions such as MoMA New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Prominent Projects with Wood-Based Products
N. N. Residence
Construction of the N.N. Residence started in 2014 in Moscow, Russia and was completed in 2019. Designed as a private villa, the structure draws attention with an unusual geometrical plan which easily manages to create perfect harmony with its surroundings.
The design aims to play with the line drawn between the structure itself and the surrounding landscape, all the while being in perfect harmony with the topography of the area. Designed to create harmony with the area and make it easier to connect with nature, the structure also draws considerable attention with the landscaping. The green-covered roof completes the overall organic look.
Metropol Parasol is located in Sevilla’s La Encarnación square in Spain and was built in 2011. The project came in first place in a design competition for the redevelopment of La Encarnación in 2004. Filled with archeological remnants, the square was planned to be redeveloped and turned into a cultural city center, which resulted in its celebration as a city icon.
Considered as the world’s largest wooden structure, the project is made up of an organic structure with intermeshing parts. Named as “Metropol Umbrella” in Spanish, the structure sits on the square just like a giant umbrella.
The design of the structure incorporates Sevilla’s medieval architecture elements which are reflected onto 21st century dynamics. Providing a shelter in sunny days, Metropol Parasol also offers an observation deck on top. Housing inside an archeology museum, along with cafes and restaurants, the structure also draws attention with its functionality.
Jürgen Mayer designed furniture, along with wall and floorings, apart from world-renowned structures.