“The buildings of architect Jürgen Mayer H. are true eye-catchers – sculptural and spectacular. This segment by Claudius Gehr provides a glimpse into the architect’s methods and introduces various examples of his work: the student canteen in Karlsruhe, an extension of the science park for children in Nordborg, Denmark and ‘Metropol Parasol‘, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. German architect Jürgen Mayer H. is constantly shifting the boundaries of architecture. Each of Jürgen Mayer H.‘s buildings shares a fundamental concept: the separation of floor, wall and ceiling appears to have been lifted, everything blends into everything else. Another unusual aspect is the mix of materials. The ‘Metropol Parasol‘ in Seville, his largest building to date, is made of polyurethane-coated timber. Some 3000 individual pieces were custom made for this gigantic, walk-in sculpture, all of them specially transported from Bavaria to Seville. This particular building, which houses an indoor market, a restaurant and an architectural museum, is due to be inaugurated by a member of the Spanish Royal Family in the spring of 2011.”
“Jürgen Mayer H. – Der Architekt der Kurven”
ARTE, Sunday, March 20th 2011 at 11:55 pm , Language: German/French
Reruns: 25/03/2011 at 03:45 am, 26/03/2011 at 2:00 pm.
(Germany, 2011, 26 min), NDR, Director: Claudius Gehr