Studio Mumbai –
In between the sun and the moon
The exhibition Studio Mumbai was curated and designed by Studio Mumbai and Arc en Reve.
In the midst of the cold, grey, Danish winter you could escape on a sensuous trip to India! What does Indian contemporary architecture look like? What traditions does it build on? Visitors could 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.
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. With this exhibition we tried to change that, when India’s leading architectural firm, Studio Mumbai, guested The 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 shared his view of India and gave an insight into the philosophy, inspirations and workflow of Studio Mumbai – something that could 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 gave a totally different way of testing things.
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.