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Michael Maltzan Architecture

America settentrionale | Los Angeles

A decade ago, Michael Maltzan’s first solo museum exhibition was titled, simply, “Alternate Ground”. Maltzan’s early independent work exhibited a talent for sculptural form-making, a trait shared with older LA architects like Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss. More indicative, however, of Maltzan’s particular contribution to design culture was his attention to topography and to perception, to physical and visual experience as the human body encounters and moves through building mass and morphology.

Such calibration of constructed landscape has served Maltzan well, from luxurious residential projects like the art-filled abode of a mogul in Beverly Hills to the vivid and animated public park recently completed as part of the Playa Vista urban redevelopment near LAX. The title “Alternate Ground” signals moreover not only the...

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