Conceptually we created a Mumbai City Museum Extension that doesn’t occupy much of the ground plane of the site. It lifts itself up from the site to create an open connection from the ES Patanwala Marg to the existing museum and to create direct visual connections with the city and the zoological gardens.
The New North Wing also roots itself into the earth to provide well protected and conditioned special exhibition spaces. The museum therefore acts as a flower for the city, while the supporting facilities – the open air foyer and the Mumbai Modern – are wrapped around the heart of the flower, holding the overall concept together.
The stepped sculpture garden flanks the building and allows for different degrees of intimacy and sculpture display which are accessible from the public spaces around the museum and the exhibition galleries of the museum itself.
Partner in charge: David Gianotten
Associate-in-Charge: Ravi Kamisetti
Team: Patrizia Zobernig, Thorben Bazlen, Takehiko Suzuki, Viviano Villareal with Mafalda Brandao, Richard Nelson, Saul Smeding, Taylor Cornelson, Thomas Brown, Vincent McIllduff
Supporting Architect: Somaya & Kalappa Consultants; Brinda Somaya, Sabayasachi Roy Choudhury, Nandini Sampat, Hadrian Lobo
Structural and Services: Meinhardt; Dr. Juneid Qureshi, Mandar Nadkarni, Subhash Kewalramani, Janos Naranyai, Fai Leung, Sunil Kochar
Landscape: Houtman + Sander; Andre Houtman, Margriet Sander
Traffic: GMD Consultants; Rajesh Harish Gajjar
Quantity Surveyor: Langdon Seah; Gary Miles, Darshan Joshi, Yogesh Deore