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Folio: Charles Correa's Kanchanjunga Apartments

Correa pioneered sustainable design and the integration of traditional environmental controls

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Charles Correa, one of the most prominent Indian Modernists, currently has an exhibition dedicated to his work at the RIBA in London (until 4 September). He pioneered sustainable design integrating traditional environmental controls, such as his Kanchanjunga Apartments in Mumbai (1970-83), with balcony ‘courtyards’ permitting the circulation of cooling breezes. Correa said: ‘to cross a desert and enter a house around a courtyard is a pleasure beyond mere photogenic image-making; it is the quality of light, and the ambience of moving air, that forms the essence of our experience’

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