A pavilion designed by Woods in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch is under construction in Chengdu, China. Four stories high, it is a riot of angled steel beams housed in polycarbonate sleeves containing LEDs.
“I was never in love with drawing,” says Lebbeus Woods, sipping a cocktail in his apartment in Manhattan’s Financial District. “I drew because I wanted to express ideas.” Downstairs, construction work on Nassau Street has revealed a web of pipes and cables eerily reminiscent of Woods’ renderings of order crushed by chaos. Overhead, though a huge skylight in Woods’ living room, Frank Gehry’s 76-story residential tower looms, a reminder of the opportunities available to even adventurous architects who are willing to work within the system.