j. mayer h. finalizes mixed-use sonnenhof complex in jena, germany
photography by david franck

 

 

 

located in the german university town of jena, ‘sonnenhof’ is a mixed use development consisting of four new buildings with both office and residential programs. designed by jurgen mayer h., the independent nature of the structures allows for free access across the site, while their placement on the outer edges of the plot defines a small-scale outdoor space congruent with the urban fabric of the medieval city.

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the development is located in the historic center of the german town

 

 

 

spread across a consolidated number of lots in the town’s historical center, the incorporation of commercial and residential space enables a flexible pattern of use that also integrates itself within the surroundings. each built structure is distinctively clad with contrasting black and white façades, horizontally continued as part of the scheme’s landscaping.

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
the independent nature of the structures allows for free access across the site

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
a small-scale outdoor space is created, congruent with the region’s urban fabric

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
the incorporation of commercial and residential space enables a flexible pattern of use

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
an overhead view of the adjacent landscaping

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
the monochromatic color scheme is continued internally

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an interior shot illustrating the project’s layout

jurgen mayer h sonnenhof office residential complex jena germany designboom
each built structure is distinctively clad with contrasting black and white façades

 

drawings

 

project info:

 

architect: j. mayer h. architects, berlin
project architect: jens seiffert
project team: juergen mayer h., jan-christoph stockebrand, christoph emenlauer, max reinhardt, christian pälmke
client: wohnungsgenossenschaft ‘carl zeiss’ eg, jena
total floor area: approx 10.000 sqm
building cost: approx €14,000,000
project start: 2008
completion buildings: 2014
completion outdoor facilities: 2015