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09/12/2014

Steven Holl wins bid to expand Mumbai City Museum (India)

 
Carrying the day over the other finalists, among them Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Amanda Levete, the New York architect Steven Holl won Mumbai’s first international architecture competition for a public building. The bid was for the commission to enlarge the Mumbai City Museum. Also known as the Dr. Bahu Daji Lad Museum, the city’s oldest museum will have a new sculptural volume containing 11,500 square meters, with a design developed in collaboration with the local firm Opolis Architects. Starting with a simple geometry determined by the borders of the site, the white concrete structure partly wrapped with a stone skin of reddish tones is carved in large irregular shapes. Crowned by a roof garden, the museum’s new north wing includes – besides exhibition galleries – an interpretation center, a library and archives, a conservation center, a shop, and a café. A central pool connects the historical structures to the new extension, which is to open in 2015.
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