Application Submission: January 13, 2014
Location: Mumbai, India
Type: Restricted projects competition for architects with 5 to 7 teams selected.
The Mumbai City Museum has appointed Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), an independent expert organiser of design competitions, to run an open two-stage international design competition to find an exceptional team (led by an architect) for the North Wing project.
This is conceived as a contemporary addition, expected to be 8,000 to 10,000m2 (85,000 – 110,000 sq ft), providing new galleries and facilities including an interpretation centre, a library, an archive, conservation facilities and a new museum shop and café. The Museum wishes to appoint a design team capable of realising this project in ways that combine imagination and creativity with economy and sustainability.
We will be looking for multi-disciplinary creative teams with expertise in contemporary design and landscaping: the museum stands in one of the few green spaces in south Mumbai. The teams should be structured under a lead consultant identified within the submission. Collaborations with local practices are encouraged.
This is a key moment for the museum as it reaches out towards new audiences inside India and internationally. The new facilities will allow a greater diversity of activity and enable events like travelling international exhibitions to be held which are impossible in the original heritage building.
At the heart of the new wing will be a permanent gallery to showcase contemporary Mumbai, focusing on important milestones in the city’s development and highlighting its cultural achievements, as well as temporary exhibition space to international standards capable of taking large-scale touring exhibitions.