What People Have to Say: Jürgen Mayer H.
Photo by Paul Green
“Arriving in Venice is a journey of circling into an increasingly dense city fabric. From the open sky on the boat from the airport to the city and the large open space of San Marco, to the pedestrian shopping streets into alleys where few people walk: your body gets more and more compressed the longer you search for the Montenegro Pavilion at this year’s architecture biennale. After a couple of turns, you end up in front of a small door. You walk in and instead of a room, there are even narrower passages and corridors in which models have, like you, been squeezed into the space. This narrowness forces you to look into the interior of the large section models that make you feel the uncanny potential of an architecture that was meant to celebrate communal life. A view onto a wallpapered picture in the back of the model simulates the view onto the sea from a hotel on the bay of Kotor, Montenegro, and provides relief and an escape from this tight atmosphere. It’s a view of nice scenery, not only literally, but also as the possibly revitalized future of a forgotten period in Montenegro’s recent history.“
Jürgen Mayer H. is the founder and principal of the interdisciplinary Berlin-based architecture firm J. MAYER H. With his firm, he has realized architecture projects across Europe, including the award-winning Stadthaus Ostfildern in Germany and the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain.