The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is renowned for curating some of the most eagerly awaited exhibitions in the city. This season, they proudly present 'Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence' a captivating showcase running until 22nd September 2024. Delving into the fascinating realm of Tropical Modernism, a distinctive style that emerged in West African nations during British colonial reign as an adaptation of modernism which did not take root in Britain. Following their independence, countries like Ghana and India reclaimed Tropical Modernism, transforming what was once colonial architecture into a symbol of their progress towards a future emancipated from colonial constraints.

As the V&A are our treasured cultural partners, a number of tickets have been reserved for guests staying at our hotel. Given the V&A's proximity to The Egerton House Hotel, this exhibition provides the perfect opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the world of Tropical Modernism while enjoying their stay.

Scott House, Accra by Kenneth Scott, film still from 'Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence'. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Illustration from The Architectural Review, 1953. Courtesy of RIBA Collections. © Gordon Cullen Estate 

Moreover, the exhibition highlights the profound influence of architects who revolutionised the design of infrastructures in West Africa and India to accommodate the unique climate and health challenges they faced. Incorporating features such as wide eaves for sun and rain protection and adjustable louvres for natural ventilation, these architectural innovations reflect both practicality and cultural adaptation.

Aditya Prakash, photo album of architectural projects, people, landscapes, and Aditya Prakash, about 1960s – 2000s. © Aditya Prakash fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture. Gift of Vikramaditya Prakash

Eduardo Paolozzi, Klokvormig Masker, 1946 – 47. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London. © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Community Centre, Accra, 1953. Image courtesy RIBA

The exhibition culminates with a timeline honouring those who have embraced the Tropical Modernism style, showcasing their impactful contributions to African and Indian architecture influenced throughout the ages.