Conceptual Architecture

Conceptual architecture is a form of architecture that utilizes conceptualism, characterized by an introduction of ideas or concepts from outside of architecture often as a means of expanding the discipline of architecture.

The finished building as product is less important in conceptual architecture, than the ideas guiding them, ideas represented primarily by texts, diagrams, or art installations.

Architects that work in this vein are

  • Diller + Scofidio (Blur Building) à design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts
  • Bernard Tschumi (parc de la Villete) à architect, writer, and educator, commonly associated with deconstructivism
  • Peter Eisenman (Max Reinhardt haus)
  • Rem Koolhaas (proposed large theater Honk Kong)


Blur Building

We will explain more what conceptual architecture is with the work of Lebbeus Wood.

We have to understand that each architect or artist has his own vision, and different ways to transmit this idea. As we are talking about Lebbeus Wood, we are going to see some drawings and models.


We are going to differentiate two stages in his work.


  • Early drawings. He focused on the relations between technology and patterns of life.

Examples of his work would be the collections A-city, Centripity and 4 Cities.

dezeen_Lebbeus-Woods_5 centricity

  • After trips. When he visited Sao Pablo, Berlin or San Francisco, he became aware “that all projects up to that time were insufficient in confronting urgent human problems”.

Examples of his work would be Berlin Free Zone, Underground Berlin, San                                          Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake.




The first and only built project by the late experimental architect Lebbeus Woods is the Light Pavilion, one of three large-scale installations at Steven Holl’s recently completed Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China.

Conceived as an entanglement of light and geometry, the four-storey construction of steel rods and glass platforms is suspended within a large opening in one of the five towers that make up the new mixed-use complex.

Kumpusch describes the pavilion as a “prototypical space of the future”. He explained: “The Light Pavilion is designed to be an experimental space, one that gives us the opportunity to experience a type of space we haven’t experienced before.

By day the structure appears as a deconstruction of the tower’s gridded steel framework, but by night it transforms into lines of glowing color that change in relation to the time of day, the month and the year.


Light Pavillion

Light Pavillion in the night


Wood was “very interested in what architecture could become”.


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