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Folio: Charles Correa's Kanchanjunga Apartments

Correa pioneered sustainable design and the integration of traditional environmental controls


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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