The Arc en Rêve Centre of Architecture in Bordeaux is showing an exhibition on India’s most renowned contemporary architecture office: Studio Mumbai. From 18 December to 31 May 2015 the rooms in in 7 Rue Ferrère will be clad in architectural models, shelves stacked with different material blocks, samples and prototypes, handmade concrete casts for the different projects’ technical construction details.
When Bijoy Jain founded Studio Mumbai in 1996, his idea was to allow architecture to reunite its natural environment through a more conscious design process. The office’s aim is to create buildings that arise from a process of collective dialog and mutual exchange of knowledge. The project takes into consideration the building’s location and its relation to traditional arts, local construction techniques and materials. The very first steps during the design process are the construction of 1:1 scale models of the construction method. Designers, artisans and builders are equally responsible for the building’s construction and design.
This exhibition showcases Jain’s and his team’s unique approach and their clever combination of tradition and modernity. Through the display of models and prototypes and video installations we are invited to understand their particular two-way design process and the particular, unique conditions for each of the projects explained in the exhibition. The Leti630 refuge, for example, was designed so the materials necessary for its construction could be carried by workers and so the building could be completely built by hand.
Television screens showing the artisans’ work and a light installation evoking Mumbai’s landscape by night set the final note for an exhibition full of interesting insights on the concept of craftsmanship in a time where industrial prefabrication is becoming a western symbol for ecology and cost-effective solutions.
The Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture is located in 7 Rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux. Its mission is to stimulate cultural awareness in the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscaping and design, both in an international and local level.
The exhibition on Studio Mumbai, named “Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon” will be on display until May 31st. Entrance fees vary from 2€ to 6’5€.
Images from the exhibition via Arc en Rêve (all rights reserved to Rodolphe Escher) and Architecture Aujourd’hui (all rights reserved to Cécile Brunengo).