They have designs on Mumbai

Jul 07, 2013, 09:03 IST | Rinky Kumar

An ongoing exhibition at Mumbai Art Room demonstrates two architects' distinct contemporary designs and explains the thought that goes behind building a structure

Founded in 2011, The Mumbai Art Room, a public charitable trust, is not your usual art gallery. This non-commercial platform has exhibited contemporary art, design, and visual culture from India and foreign countries that are not only experimental and educational but also appeal to a wide range of audience.

Staying true to its reputation, the Mumbai Art Room is now displaying the works of Bijoy Jain and Kapil Gupta — Two Contemporary Architects. As part of this exhibition, drawings, images, models and snippets of materials used by both the architects are on display, thereby giving viewers an insight into each designer’s projects and sensibilities. 

A model of a building at Hangzhou, China. Pic Courtesy/Serie Architects

This show demonstrates how Jain’s and Gupta’s distinct contemporary designs are influenced by local building techniques, as well as social, historic, and climatic conditions of the project environment. Both the architects have immense experience and bring it to the fore in their works.

Gupta, a graduate from Sir JJ School of Architecture and the co-founder and principal of Serie Architects London, Mumbai and Beijing, mainly works towards projecting new typological ideas for and from the city after exploring problems plaguing any place. Jain, on the other hand, is the founder of Studio Mumbai and explores ideas through large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings His endeavour is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings, from limited resources, which emerge through a process of collective dialogue and a face-to-face sharing of knowledge.

Both the architects have been invited by architect Aaron Schwarz to show their work, approaches, and inspirations. Explaining his curatorial intentions for this show, Schwarz says, “I believe that there is a culture of innovative architecture happening in India that contributes to the contemporary global design dialogue. Bijoy of Studio Mumbai and Kapil of Serie Architects have evolved their own distinct architectural languages and processes, which are enriched and developed for each particular new context.”

Schwarz, who is currently working on several projects in India, was drawn towards Jain’s and Gupta’s works as each of them had a unique style. This, in fact, was the primary reason for him showcasing their works that would inspire budding architects as well as help viewers understand the intricacies involved in building a structure. “Geographic and cultural differences are rapidly becoming blurred in the styles and forms of contemporary architecture all over the world. Advancements in communication and media technology, ease of world travel, and commonality of overseas education and training have led to homogenised architecture and replicated iconography. In contrast, Bijoy and Kapil have developed unique and distinct styles that always address the particular conditions of each building project. They work with a deepened sense of context, going beyond the usual considerations of what is physically nearby. Their designs are strengthened and rooted by taking additional cues from the climate, history, social culture, available materials, local building practices, and other factors of new projects, whether here in India or in their work abroad,” says Schwarz.

When: Till August 2
Where: Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, back gate, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba 

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