Leadership at Design East of La Brea
Inner City Arts, Michael Maltzan
I love this building as much for the architecture as for what it symbolizes. It's a ray of light in one of the city's most underserved neighborhoods, Skid Row.
Westin Bonaventure, John C. Portman, Jr.
The Bonaventure is an alternate future proposed for Downtown Los Angeles, a concrete bunker that keeps its residents from ever having to interact with the outside world—including a network of elevated sidewalks that reach out into Bunker Hill like tentacles. It’s a utopia that never materialized, but the lost dream sure is fun to explore.
Schindler House, Rudolph Schindler
It’s my favorite for its overly optimistic, failed utopian ideals.
Capitol Records Building, Welton Becket
When I first moved to LA, I used to live a few blocks away from the Capitol Records building. It kind of grew to represent the nature of LA for me: a place that was totally exaggerated, super creative, and just kind of weird and eccentric. And come on, it's a round spaceship, Jetsons-like building. How can you not love it?
Bradbury Building, Sumner Hunt, George Wyman
Stepping into the Bradbury always kind of takes your breath away. It's an example of good ol' timeless design.