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thom mayne’s mind
HONEYCOMB [detail] | Thom Mayne
“What’s on Thom Mayne’s mind these days? Better yet, what’s in it? The reason this matters at all is that he is one of a handful of architects working today who is building projects that are powerful visually and experientially, and are at the same time challenging in terms of the ideas that shape them. There is something to be learned from what he thinks and the way he thinks it.
In his mid-sixties now and at what would seem the height of his career, Mayne is clearly restless. At the same moment when his large-scale commissions are in various stages of design or construction, he has embarked on an exploratory project—a series of physical models—that challenges the architecture he has created up to now, raising new questions about the nature of architectural form and its meanings.
Mayne is best known for his masterly, adventurous deployment of a technological architectural language in the service of complex programs of use that, more recently, also aim for ecological sustainability. There has never been any doubt about the importance he places on form and its transformations, as the name of his office—Morphosis—more than suggests. Whatever architecture may be, Mayne seems to think, it must all come together in tectonic, constructed form that coherently takes a place in the sometimes colliding worlds of the natural and the human. His new model studies push far beyond his previous work, coupling his growing interest in architecture-as-landscape with evocations of innovative technologies of building and, perhaps more importantly, of designing built space.” LebbeusWoods