freiburg's 'pavilion on europaplatz' by j.mayer h. is a tram stop and restaurant combined

freiburg's 'pavilion on europaplatz' by j.mayer h. is a tram stop and restaurant combined

j.mayer h. has designed a freestanding structure that functions as a tram station, a bus stop, and a restaurant. located in freiburg, a city in the south-west corner of germany, the building also serves as an urban marker — signifying the entrance to the city center. ‘in re-planning this former traffic hub from the 1970s as part of the general redevelopment of the ring around the old city, new potentials for streets, urban mobility, and public spaces emerged,’ the design team explains.

all images by david franck



the ‘pavilion on europaplatz’, named after the public square on which it is located, is defined by its distinctively shaped roof canopies. j.mayer h.’s signature curved forms unite the two public transport stations, and shelter a new dining venue. ‘together with the siegesdenkmal and the surrounding architecture, in particular karlskaserne, this stop marks a new starting point for freiburg’s historical core,’ continue the architects. ‘the pavilion becomes a communicative place and meeting point that combines the needs of public transportation and urban experience.’



project info:


name: pavilion on europaplatz
function: a tram station, a bus stop, and a restaurant
location: freiburg, germany
ground floor area: 250 sqm
design: j.mayer h. und partner, architekten mbB, berlin
partner in charge: juergen mayer h., hans schneider, andre santer
project team: mi na bae, max margorskyi, fabrizio silvano, ana alonso de la varga
cooperation partner: sebastian finckh, freier architekt
invited competition: 11/2015 – 03/2016, 1st prize realization: 04/2016 – 03/2019
client: freiburger stadtbau GmbH (FSB), freiburg, germany; freiburger verkehrs AG (VAG), freiburg, germany
photography: david franck


cooperating engineers —
structural and fire protection: buro happold, berlin
lighting concept: lichttransfer, berlin
building services: tga planungsgruppe, freiburg, germany
building physics: GK bauphysik, freiburg
local partner architect LP 1-5: jürgen moser architekten BDA, lörrach, germany
local partner architect LP 6-9: jochen weissenrieder architekten BDA, freiburg, germany

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