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Preservationists and Ray Bradbury fans were shocked when the late author’s former home in Cheviot Hills was suddenly torn down. And design buffs were bemused when the perpetrators turned out to be architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe Alison-Mayne. But it turns out they have plans for the site that might have piqued the late futurist’s interest.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/187054718″ params=”color=ff5500″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Thom Mayne is principal of the architectural firm Morphosis, and since the founding of the office in 1972 he has created buildings that challenge our assumptions about architecture (an early Morphosis project, the Angeli Caffe for Good Food host Evan Kleiman, featured a beam pushing through the facade).The Caltrans building in downtown and his newly complete Emerson College in Hollywood are among a portfolio of work that relishes experimentation with materials and technology for their “performative” as well as extreme aesthetic possibilities, and has earned him the prestigious Pritzker Prize.
But while Thom’s buildings tend to come across as thrusting, hard-edged techno-fantasies (seductive or aggressive depending on your point of view), his domestic life is a model of intimacy and comfort. He and his wife and business partner Blythe Alison-Mayne and their two sons have lived for some 30 years in a 1600 square feet house in Ocean Park in Santa Monica. ….