The exhibition brings together selected projects from more than a decade of the practice of studio MADe. More than a dozen projects are presented through models and drawings, focusing on conceptual ideas and their generative principles.

Studio MADe was founded in 2007 as an idea-driven practice. The studio’s work reflects the hybrid character of its team—drawn from across India and Spain. The work is thus a product of cultural interchange made possible by virtual collaboration. Focusing exclusively on competitions that engage with the public realm, the studio produces architecture that transcends cultural specificity and fosters cross-fertilization.

Seeking to explore the unknown, MADe deals with different contexts and cultures through international competitions. This challenges the team to think of pluralistic approaches, pushing them to not be driven by a single guide such as aesthetics, craft, digital fabrication, or programmatic innovation. Working primarily on competitions has helped MADe think about the emerging challenges of society, and allowed the practice to extend its limits beyond that of the built work. It is in this context that their body of work should be considered.

The exhibition will focus on MADe’s process rather than the final outcomes, with models as the main mode of communication. Scale models are used as critical tools in the process of resolving form and space, and the exhibition takes one through this process via physical models of built and unbuilt projects. The exhibition also has detailed models of parts, sketches, writings, drawings, and diagrams that convey how the team works.

The projects featured here differ from each other programmatically, in terms of scale, context and the socio-economic situations, but provide an overview of the practice’s approach. They explain certain conceptual ideas and fuel evolutionary possibilities. The projects can be broadly classified into either of two categories, or both: Continuity-based projects and Creation-based projects.

Continuity

In Continuity projects, the focus is on addressing typological and constructive principles. Anchoring a project in the place where it stands, some of the questions explored are:

  • How can we negotiate the friction between spatial ideas and the terrain of the place?
  • In the midst of the rapid transformations happening in our cities, how can we contemplate on collective memory in space?
  • What visual expression and materiality is implied by the constructional logic of the place?
  • How can spaces transcend function to be flexible and adaptable for the future?

Creation

In Creation projects, the focus is on clearly defining issues to do with the particularities of a project. The questions often explored are:

  • What is the sensory impact of space, and what role can movement play in its generation to create a certain kind of experience?
  • How can the project offer something to the larger community, beyond its programmatic requirements?
  • Can it generate new public linkages to the surrounds?
  • Can it hold a centre that transcends the making of particular ‘built’ forms?
  • Does creation of a space always involve building up a volume or can this be achieved by carving out a void, or by simple gestures of modulating the ground?

This exhibition brings together selected projects from more than a decade of practice by studio MADe.

01: A Walled Oasis, 2014
01: A Walled Oasis, 2014 © Studio MADe
02: Three Meditative Cubes, 2015
02: Three Meditative Cubes, 2015: (01) Exhibition and Conference Centre, (02) Visitor and Performance Centre,  (03) Research and Training Centre © Studio MADe
03: Extension of the WHO Headquarters, 2015
03: Extension of the WHO Headquarters, 2015: (01) WHO Headquarters, (02) Conference Room, (03) Extension © Studio MADe
04: The Hidden Cloister, 2016
04: The Hidden Cloister, 2016 © Studio MADe
05: Vaporous Envelope
05: Vaporous Envelope © Studio MADe
06: Between Walls, 2014
06: Between Walls, 2014 © Studio MADe
07: Passage of Memory, 2016
07: Passage of Memory, 2016 © Studio MADe
08: Unfolding Oasis, 2017
08: Unfolding Oasis, 2017 © Studio MADe
09: Come Back Home, 2016
09: Come Back Home, 2016 © Studio MADe
10: Place of Passage, 2018
10: Place of Passage, 2018 © Studio MADe
11: Extension of National Museum, 2019
11: Extension of National Museum, 2019 © Studio MADe
12: School in a Park, 2018
12: School in a Park, 2018 © Studio MADe
13: Central Mosque Prishtina, 2012
13: Central Mosque Prishtina, 2012 © Studio MADe
14: Engaging with change at the Karlsplatz, 2015
14: Engaging with change at the Karlsplatz, 2015 © Studio MADe
15: Museum of the XXI Century, 2015
15: Museum of the XXI Century, 2015 © Studio MADe
16: The Sidewalk, 2012
16: The Sidewalk, 2012 © Studio MADe
17: From Memory, 2016
17: From Memory, 2016 © Studio MADe
18: The Retreat House, 2016-19
18: The Retreat House, 2016-19 © Studio MADe
19: A Breathing Center, 2019
19: A Breathing Center, 2019 © Studio MADe