Lebbeus Woods: “Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber”

Speculative/conceptual architect Lebbeus Woods draws astonishing, catastrophic scenes of buildings and cities with decaying tectonics and fractured, jagged architectures that appear to be devouring their destroyed hosts from the inside out.


This drawing always struck me as intensely enigmatic: suggesting splintered, broken worlds without humans, where architectural spaces themselves become their own damaged inhabitants. Woods' cities consist of shattered buildings that seem to be crawling through and emerging out of debris and destruction, immense building-golems that have come to life without humanity. These images are documents of architectural viscera, shocking autopsies of the undiscovered ruins of our own societies.


There's a great cross section of his work here: curetheblind.com/2009/06/lebbeus-woods-author-of-fractures/


And a rundown of the copyright drama over Terry Gilliam basing a scene in 12 Monkeys off this image: www.benedict.com/visual/monkeys/monkeys.aspx


Enlightening interview: bldgblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/without-walls-interview-wit...

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  • Greg Borenstein 6y

    Isn't that scene more derived from Gilliam's own Brazil which was shot in a real space, though? This scene:
  • Ted Hayes 6y

    Not according to the judge that supported Woods' suit against Gilliam!
  • Lusername 5y

    It's a powerful image.
  • CreamOfWeber 3y

  • C5lim 2y

    I didn't know this served as an inspiration to 12 Monkeys. I really like the feel of it.
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