Last week, Lebbeus Woods died. He was an architect, though not a typical one. Lebbeus realized a single permanent work in his career, and that work was finished only in October. His so-called Light Pavilion sits nested inside a much larger work by architect Steven Holl. Which is not to say that Woods’ work is overshadowed by the surrounding buildings. The lack of building througout his career is one of the things that made Lebbeus Woods so influential among his students and colleagues. It liberated him. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Woods happened to be one of the best draftsmen of his generation.
His drawings are surreal, compelling and frequently provocative. Whether it was drawing architectural interventions for Sarajevo in the 1990’s or imagining an artificial beach/seawall for Cuba a decade later, his work is surprising and serious… even if the vast majority of his architectural ideas only exist as drawings and models. He’s leaving behind a large void in the field he influenced, but also plenty of ideas on how to begin filling it.