Hailed by many as India’s greatest architect, Charles Correa’s portfolio and continuing legacy in that country and around the world speak for themselves, with the architect and urban designer playing a pivotal role in the creation and identity of architecture in post-war India.
Drawing on a philosophy rooted in the traditions of India’s people and climate, as well as the influence of Le Corbusier (whose masonry motif’s Correa often makes use of for his own purposes), Correa has always pursued the idea that buildings should fundamentally provide protection from the elements in passive ways, instead of having to rely on mechanical additives like air-conditioning and heating. Instead, he designs in a way that incorporates breezes, shade and heat-absorbing masonry to create ideal living and working spaces. The idea of “using a house in a nomadic way” appeals to him; occupying different areas of a building at different times of day to maximise exterior elements.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is currently hosting a retrospective show of Charles Correa’s work at their ground floor gallery as part of their Out of India Season. The exhibition showcases Correa’s signature projects from across the world and features images, drawings, photographs, models and films charting the architects career over five decades. Well worth checking out if you’re in London.
Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect runs until 4 September, 2013.
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD