Charles Correa inspirational design strategies
Charles Correa’s visionary work and deep understanding of the importance of climatic, demographic and infrastructural implications as well as that of community life and poetry in architecture is timeless. It is as relevant and inspiring today as ever and, as Charles Correa did, we put a strong emphasis on the climate and environment, creating smart infrastructure and relieving congestion, as I just mentioned, and our projects aim to facilitate community-building by offering spaces in which people can meet and spend their time with each other, by being open to the outside and welcoming. Charles Correa designed in a way that was appropriate for each project’s locality, something that we find important as well. We identify with his strong geometry (see in Correa’s Previ Experimental Housing and Tara Housing and WOHA’S Gilstead Brooks) and admire the way his design draws on vernacular and cultural precedents. We have a mutual concern with the public sphere and public spaces and we share the tendency to have a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.
To us, it makes no sense to design hermetically sealed, glassy skyscrapers for a tropical climate which would need a lot of energy to make life inside comfortable. We aim to integrate region’s culture, history and art into our project design, in a way that is perhaps not always obvious at first glance, but that let people connect to the structure on an emotional level because it evokes familiarity.
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