j. mayer h. architects: sonnenhof
 
j. mayer h. architects: sonnenhof j. mayer h. architects: sonnenhof
apr 21, 2010

j. mayer h. architects: sonnenhof

‘sonnenhof’ by j.mayer h architects all images courtesy j.mayer h architects

 

 

construction has now begun on ‘sonnenhof’, a landmark development consisting of four new office and apartment buildings extending over several allotments in the historic center of jena, germany. designed by j.mayer h architects the four-building complex leaves a large part of the space open for public use during the day, permitting a free flow of pedestrian traffic across the area. the buildings, situated on the edges of the lot, frame a small, urban courtyard typical to medieval city structures. passages between the individual buildings connect them to the surrounding public-use areas, making it an important junction in the urban network. the mixed-use concept supports a small scale, seamless integration into the existing urban fabric, while the design of the outer buildings takes up the geometry of the polygonal shapes in the facade, continuing their graphics across the floor. the resulting surfaces are often extended and ‘programmed’ into the third dimension, forming a sculptural set of wedges and steles integrating such functional elements as flower beds, ventilation openings, seating and lighting fixtures and thus transforming the open areas into attractive, urban leisure spaces.

 

 

courtyard

courtyard

view from above

site plan

model of ‘sonnenhof’

  • i like it again.

    Onur says:
  • Pleasing to the eye. It would take a while to become blase about walking towards the buildings. Refreshingly interesting d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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