Thom Mayne’s Favorite Buildings

Thom Mayne
A model for Thom Mayne's design for The Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China.

L.A.-based architect Thom Mayne loves his home city but works in New York, too. What are his favorite buildings in both places?

Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House

Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21, 1958.

The Case Study Houses, 1945-66: “The whole enterprise of the project meant so much to L.A. It’s the center of modern architecture, not New York. I had Pierre Koenig [1960’s Stahl House] as a teacher.”

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California.

The Gamble House, 1908: You wouldn’t necessarily expect Mayne to go for an Arts & Crafts classic by Greene & Greene, but he loves it. “I painted it and helped restore it as a work study,” he says.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1959: Frank Lloyd Wright’s late masterpiece, which still manages to be controversial, is very much Mayne’s speed. “Strangely that’s still one of the only modern buildings in New York,” he says.