STUDIO MUMBAI - IN BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE MOON
In the midst of the cold, grey, Danish winter you can escape on a sensuous trip to India! What does Indian contemporary architecture look like? What traditions does it build on? Experience the Indian architectural firm Studio Mumbai that challenges the contradictions between tradition and modernity, city and countryside and insists on the importance of genius loci.
Photo: Studio Mumbai, Saath Rasta
India. The country that evokes reminiscences of colourful saris, spicy curries and chaotic cities. Yet apart from the Taj Mahal, Indian architecture might not evoke as many associations. Here's a chance to change that, when India's leading architectural firm, Studio Mumbai, guests Danish Architecture Center with the exhibition 'Studio Mumbai - inbetween the sun and the moon'.
More craftsmen than architects
India is the world's third largest economy and the world's second most populous country. In the exhibition the founder of Studio Mumbai, Bijoy Jain shares his view of India and gives an insight into the philosophy, inspirations and workflow of Studio Mumbai - something that can challenge our Western outlook. For example the company consists mostly of artisans who, together with a few architects, prepare prototypes in scale 1:1 which gives a totally different way of testing things.
Photos: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen
The spirit of the place in focus
Studio Mumbai has especially worked with housing in India and their work is closely linked to the local context and the genius loci (spirit of the place). They focus on the use of local materials, craftsmanship, building techniques, etc. An understanding of the landscape and the specific climatic conditions is crucial for them in order to be able to create buildings that fit the local context - eg buildings that can withstand the heavy monsoons.
The Land of contrasts
Studio Mumbai is located between east and west, the sun and moon - and to them opposites are not problematic. Rather, they are an end in themselves. It is in the tension between poles - between tradition and modernity, urban and rural - that interesting and exciting spaces arise. It is in this space that the perspectives cross-pollinate and fertilize each other.
Photo: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen
The exhibition Studio Mumbai is curated and designed by
Studio Mumbai and Arc en Reve.
The exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre is supported by Realdania, The Ministry of Culture of Denmark and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Last updated Thursday, February 11, 2016