Located in Jena, Germany , Sonnenhof, Construction Begins on Mixed use Development was designed by J, MAYER H,Architects. Spanning approximately half of the lot, the complex is split into four separate building units, leaving a large area of open space for public use during the day. The buildings are situated at the edges of the plot, framing a small urban courtyard typical of many medieval city structures.
A mixed-use concept was chosen in an effort to ensure that the complex slotted in seamlessly with the existing urban fabric, whilst the design of the outer buildings takes up the geometry of the polygonal shapes in the facade, continuing their graphics across the floor. Many of the resulting surfaces are extended and adapted into three-dimensional sculptural wedges, integrating such functional elements such as flower beds, ventilation openings, seating and lighting fixtures, in an attempt to transform the open areas into attractive urban leisure spaces.