A successful exhibition relies on excellent logistics and more than a bit of hard work. Find out more about the models in the RIBA’s latest exhibition and how they were installed…
It was not easy getting large models into 66 Portland Place for the Charles Correa exhibition; doorways with a fixed size had to cope with models with a diverse range of measurements, and models then had to be carefully moved through the building to their specific plinth in the galleries. It is fortunate that we have professional teams, from inside and outside the RIBA, to ensure the safety of these large models during transit, their temporary display and, for many, their long-term care as part of the collections of the RIBA.
All of the building’s display spaces are filled with items celebrating the achievements of architect Charles Correa and the architecture of India. The models have a special place, and they can be found throughout the galleries. One of the most startling has to be the model of Kanchanjunga, a concrete residential tower in Mumbai. Models can attempt to be realistic and take on a building’s form and materiality in miniature, but this one uses wood instead and reveals the spaces Kanchanjunga offers its inhabitants. Its large scale gives an adult an eye-level view of an apartment, allowing one to imagine the comfort and delight of living in the interlocking interior and outdoor rooms designed to make the most of their aspect and prime location.
The exhibition is part of the RIBA’s Out of India Season and is open to the public until 4 September 2013. Admission is free. After it closes, apart from Champalimaud which will be returned to the Champalimaud Foundation, the models will be taken to special locations with controlled environmental conditions alongside other items from the RIBA’s collections at the British Architectural Library, this will ensure that they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Charles Correa book
To accompany the exhibition and priced £6.95 from RIBA Bookshops is the illustrated book Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect. It includes projects featured in the exhibition, such as Kanchanjunga and Champalimaud, along with short essays from: David Adjaye, designer of the exhibition; Irena Murray, exhibition curator; and Charles Correa.