serie architects: the monsoon club all images courtesy serie architects




london and mumbai-based practice serie architects (christopher lee, kapil gupta) has completed ‘the monsoon club’ a multi-purpose performance space at the kennedy center in washington, D.C., USA.  conceived as an installation piece, the conversion project of the terrace gallery features a three-dimensional carpet which has been suspended over the main space, creating a dynamic and intimate atmosphere for the venue. the project has been designed for the maximum india festival and will be on display from 1 march – 20 march, 2011.

serie architects: the monsoon club overall view




constructed out of a system of coloured threads, the undulating form organized, defines and accentuates the space while holding and concealing necessary technical equipments. the visual pattern of the threads is influenced by traditional ‘dhurries’, a type of flat-woven rug in india, creating a contextually-sensitive design that lends the gallery a new identity. altogether comprised of four different colours – white and three shades of blue – the installation casts a multi-hued ambiance to the space.

serie architects: the monsoon club detail




the physical construction of the installation required over 2 months of work by 20 individuals – 5 staff members from serie architects and 15 students. 120 plywood panels serve as the underlying structural system,featuring a pixilated grid of 150 mm diameter perforations that hold the more than million threads. a complex network of tagging and coding was required for the success of the assembly.

serie architects: the monsoon club (left) after assembly (right) in use

serie architects: the monsoon club

serie architects: the monsoon club rendered view

serie architects: the monsoon club exploded axo of components




project info:

use: multi-purpose hall installation total area: 350 m2 design team: christopher lee, kapil gupta, bolam lee, martin jameson project team: abdulla yoosufali, aditya pawar, amit arya, anusha bajpai, donny prijatna, pranav chahande, renu gupta, suril patel, santosh thorat, satish saklani, sunil thukrul, suruchi agarwal

installation team: akshay zanjale, aniket shivagan, anish sawant, ashish nikam, gourav gupta, gouresh hatale, harsahd darekar, haresh mandavkar, jennitta joseph, megha bhatia, mangesh sanzgiri, manoj pawar, mayur tawade, neeta gurav, ninad masaye, pritam acharekar, ramdas gorule, shiva iyer, sonam gala, swapnil uttekar, vinayak joiel, zainab chauhan

lighting consultant: AWA lighting designers supplier: N.S. arora & co carpenters: deven mistry, digamber sutar, N P mistry, satish sutar, shivaji sutar painters: anil suryavanshi, gorakh jadhav, jitendra kadam, prakash suryavanshi, sunil jadhav on-site fabrication: stockwell &