MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
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,
represented by construction drawings, in-process photographs, and a model.
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.
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary
center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect
Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.
The home and studio of the Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler on Kings Road in West Hollywood serves today as the homebase of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. This seminal building was declared an architectural landmark by the World Monument Fund in 2002. Today Schindler counts
as one of the most important modern architects.
The Pearl M. Mackey Apartments (R.M. Schindler, 1939) in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles are home to the MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence program MAK Artists and Architects in Residence Program]. The Republic of Austria purchased the building on the initiative of the
MAK in 1995 and the program designed for visiting emerging international artists and architects was launched in the same year.