Images, from left: data protection sample. © J. MAYER H., Mensa Moltke, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007; © J. MAYER H.; photo: David Franck
Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark, 2007; © J. MAYER H; photo: J. MAYER H. Architects
Images, from left: data protection sample. © J. MAYER H.,Dupli.Casa, near Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2008; © J. MAYER H.; photo: J. MAYER H. Architects
Stadthaus Scharnhauser Park, Ostfildern, Germany, 2001; © J. MAYER H.; photo: David Franck
Among the leading architectural studios in Europe, Berlin-based J. MAYER H. stands out for its commitment to a high level of formal and conceptual research. Central to its experimental approach is a deep engagement with a ubiquitous yet often ignored image type: data protection patterns, such as those you might find lining the inside of bank envelopes. These patterns, which serve to conceal other information, form a fertile terrain of investigation for J. MAYER H. as the studio translates them across various media and scales. With this exhibition, SFMOMA explores a new way of presenting architecture in a gallery setting by joining images of built projects with an experiential installation that combines supergraphics, sound, and video.
Edited by Henry Urbach, SFMOMA's Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, this book presents the firm's oeuvre, from initial designs through project development and building. Available in the MuseumStore.
Patterns of Speculation: J. MAYER H. is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Exhibition Fund donors Ryan Associates and Steven Volpe.