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How do we remember a building, 50 years on?

EXHIBITION DESIGN | CURATION | NARRATIVE & STRATEGY | EXPERIENCE

Form &

Spirit

IIC at 50

The project was completed while working as part of Siddhartha Das Studio, New Delhi

India International Centre (IIC) is an iconic landmark of post-independent India. Not only was it conceived as a centre-stage for global dialogue, but is one of the first buildings of modern architecture in the country. Today, IIC has a prominence in the cultural sector, and is much revered by its patrons.

 

The 'Form & Spirit: IIC at 50' exhibition celebrates  50 years since the centre's conception, and as the name suggests intended to celebrate this architectural mastery by architect Joseph Stein, and also the people and spirit which made the centre what it is today.

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The essential concept for the exhibition's design was to build along the philosophy of relationships of the building to its people and thus had 4 distinct curatorial zones.

The muted colour and texture palette was borrowed from the building itself with the addition of the cyotype blue to bring the hint of an 'architectural studio'.

A central focus of the exhibition were the stories of people who made IIC what it was and this included the staff and IIC members. Video stories were curated to ;ortray their emotional connect with the centre.

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