Top View Melt Down
Jürgen Mayer H

From 1901 – 1903 the Arctic veteran and geologist Erich von Drygalski led the Gauss Expedition: the first German attempt to explore the unknown area of Antarctica. Drygalski was the first to use a gas balloon in the South Polar region to take aerial photos. Since then, step by step, surveying has continued and the last untouched continent has lost its innocence. Overall mapping began from a birds eye point of view – just a step away from constructing a new architectural landscape melted into unsettled ground.

J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten
Arctic Poppy
Orangery in Antarctica


Top View Melt Down

A Perfect World -
Camouflage System

The Bell
Sound Vessel and Shelter

Polar Axis, 1987

Terrestrial References
Landscape Object

Ice: Antarctic Landscape Dissected

Transformable Antarctic Research Facility

Life in a Freezer

Out of Building
Architecture (OBA)

Some Things Happen All At Once (2014)

Re-thinking Paradise