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Bijoy Jain: “Architecture Is Not About an Image, It Is About Sensibility”

10:10 - 26 October, 2016
Bijoy Jain: “Architecture Is Not About an Image, It Is About Sensibility”, MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia (2016). Image © John Gollings
MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia (2016). Image © John Gollings

Bijoy Jain, the founder of Indian practice Studio Mumbai, has long been well-known for his earth-bound material sensibilities, and an approach to architecture that bridges the gap between Modernism and vernacular construction. The recent opening of the third annual MPavilion in Melbourne, this year designed by Jain, offered an opportunity to present this architectural approach on a global stage. In this interview as part of his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Bijoy Jain about his design for the MPavilion and his architecture of “gravity, equilibrium, light, air and water.”

Ahmedabad Residence, Ahmedabad, India (2014). Image Courtesy of Studio Mumbai Copper House II, Chondi, Maharashtra, India (2012). Image Courtesy of Studio Mumbai Carrimjee House, Kankeshwar, Alibuag, Maharashtra, India (2014). Image Courtesy of Studio Mumbai Tara House, Kashid, Maharashtra, India (2005). Image Courtesy of Studio Mumbai +51

Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne

19:01 - 3 October, 2016
Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

The 2016 MPavilion, designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, has opened in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Over the next four months, the bamboo structure will play host to a free public program of over 400 talks, workshops, performances and installations.

Bijoy Jain’s design joins the growing international trend of “handmade architecture” as it becomes the largest bamboo structure in Australia, utilizing 7 kilometers of Indian bamboo, 50,000 kilograms of Australian bluestone, 5,000 wooden pins and 26 kilometers of rope to cover a 16.8 square meter area. The slatted roof panels are constructed from sticks of the Karvi plant and were woven together by craftspeople in India over a four month period.

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +6

Bijoy Jain Designs Australia's Largest Bamboo Structure for 2016 MPavilion

12:40 - 25 July, 2016

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released plans for Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain’s design for the 2016 MPavilion, the Australian counterpart to London's wildly successful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion program. Continuing the concepts driving Studio Mumbai’s work, the pavilion will utilize a process Jain describes as ‘Lore,’ an exploration of handmade architecture and simplicity of building craft that centers on the relationship between making and human connectedness.

Courtesy of Studio Mumbai Courtesy of Studio Mumbai © Nicholas Watt © Nicholas Watt +23

Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion

16:00 - 8 February, 2016
Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion, Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has chosen Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai to design Melbourne's 2016 MPavilion. Following Amanda Levete's rendition of the unique commission, which closed its doors Sunday after hosting four months of free events, Jain will be the third architect to design the annual MPavilion. 

"I’m honored to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world - and of oneself," commented Jain. 

The Films of Daniele Marucci: Architectural Subtleties and the Quietude of Time

12:00 - 27 September, 2015

Surpassing the limitations of static imagery, filmmaker Daniele Marucci creates videos that bridge the filmic and architectonic for a richer and more immersive understanding of buildings and their environments. Marucci works with photographer Enrico Cano to share intimate portraits of buildings that slow down our experience by drawing attention to their subtleties. In such practice, we are given the freedom to survey the architecture but also to let our mind wander, to daydream. Often working in remote locations, the frenetic speed of the city is forgotten when a new intensity takes hold.

The Films of Daniele Marucci: Architectural Subtleties and the Quietude of Time The Films of Daniele Marucci: Architectural Subtleties and the Quietude of Time The Films of Daniele Marucci: Architectural Subtleties and the Quietude of Time The Films of Daniele Marucci: Architectural Subtleties and the Quietude of Time +4

Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects, Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects", this article shows the spaces occupied by some of the best-known architects in the world. Documented for an exhibition that will be featured at the Milan Design Week 2014, the images give a glimpse inside the private worlds of some of our favorite designers.

It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Curator Francesca Molteni interviewed each of the designers in their private homes and came away with one finding: architects are actually quite tidy. The studios are all pristinely ordered; books are neatly stowed away, figurines and objets astutely displayed, and table tops swept clean. The photographs below are part of the exhibition materials, produced with the help of scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, which faithfully document the physical environments in images, video, and audio. These will be used to recreate the architects' "rooms" at Salone del Mobile in April.

Where Architects Live is not limited to satisfying our curiosity about what these architects’ homes look like. Richard Rogers’ affirmation that “a room is the beginning of a city” resonates with the project’s aim in trying to articulate its subjects’ personal tastes and obsessions, and how those are reflected in their architectural work.

Read on to see more images of the inside of architects' homes and studios

© Davide Pizzigoni © Davide Pizzigoni © Romulo Fialdini © Davide Pizzigoni +17

Studio Mumbai / Moleskine

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Studio Mumbai / Moleskine

From the Publisher. This book shows the development of Jain's personal mind-process as well as the collective dialogue through which each project evolves. Dialogues unfolded through study sketches made by both Bijoy Jain and the carpenters, as well photographs taken during journeys used as study and inspiration, showcasing a critical part of their design process. Studio Mumbai consists on a group of Indian architects and craftsmen, all resident artisans of Studio Mumbai, headed by Bijoy Jain, one of India's foremost architects.

Studio Mumbai's awards and honours include the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from the Institute Français d'Architecture (2008), a Special Mention at the 12th Architecture Biennale (2010), the BSI Swiss Architectural Award (2012).

AD Interviews: Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai

10:01 - 21 May, 2012

During the launch of the META Project in Chile, we had the chance to interview Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai.