Light Pavillion
Lebbeus Woods

June 17 - August 6, 2011

MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA

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The MAK Center for Art & Architecture presents Lebbeus Woods’s and Christoph a. Kumpusch’s most recent project, the Light Pavilion, designed for Steven Holl’s building currently under construction in Chengdu, China. This singular opportunity to experience the work of the internationally respected experimentalist is offered at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments.

Created in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, the Light Pavilion will be Woods’s first built piece of architecture. Inserted mid-level in the Steven Holl building, the Pavilion will function as a beacon of light and provide focus for the community. Intended as an entirely experimental space, the structure employs a dynamic geometry that contrasts with the more regular rectilinear lines surrounding it. The angular columns supporting stairs and viewing platforms set the spaces in motion, encouraging visitors to explore. These columns articulate the interior spaces and are illuminated from within, glowing with subtly changing color. Mirrored surfaces enclose the Pavilion, visually expanding the spaces infinitely.

Known for “paper architecture” projects that have thrilled and challenged the architecture profession, Lebbeus Woods trained at University of Illinois and Purdue University and worked in the offices of Eero Saarinen before devoting himself exclusively to theory and experimental projects in 1976. Among Woods’s best known works are provocative proposals for San Francisco, Sarajevo and Havana, each created when those cities were experiencing crises. In 1988, Woods co-founded the non-profit Research Institute for Experimental Architecture. He currently teaches architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City and the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Christoph a. Kumpusch is a New York-based architect and a PhD candidate in architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a Leonardo da Vinci Fellow, co-author of System Wien, editor of IDEA(u)topsy and consultant to the Architectural Forum and Association for Urban Development and Research in Shanghai and Guangzhou. He was a MAK Center Architect in Residence in 2003, and currently teaches architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Pratt Institute.

At the Garage Top, the Light Pavilion will be represented by construction drawings, in-process photographs, and a model. On view from June 17 - August 6, visiting hours will be Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. The Mackey Apartments are located in the Mid-City district, at 1137 South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles 90019. Admission is free.
Light Pavilion is presented with the support of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles