MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, Naomi Milgrom Foundation Victoria Building

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

Contemporary Building for Naomi Milgrom Foundation in Victoria, Australia – design by Studio Mumbai Architects

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7 Dec 2016

New Photos of MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

Design: Bijoy Jain Architect, Studio Mumbai

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MPavilion Melbourne Building Photos

at Queen Victoria Gardens until 18 February 2017

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion releases a new series of photographs of MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain. Celebrated London based architectural photographer Rory Gardiner reveals an intimate response to the handmade structure capturing Melbourne’s much loved summer pavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

From October through February, the MPavilion becomes a design and cultural hub and home to a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations. It is then moved to a permanent new home within Melbourne’s CBD, creating an ongoing legacy in Melbourne’s increasingly sophisticated architectural landscape.

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The architect chosen to design MPavilion 2017 will be announced in February next year.

4 Oct 2016

MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion Melbourne Opening

Photographs: John Gollings

NAOMI MILGROM FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW MPAVILION DESIGNED BY INDIAN ARCHITECT BIJOY JAIN

A TEMPORARY SUMMER PAVILION WITH A PERMANENT LEGACY

Melbourne, Australia: MPavilion 2016 designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai opened today in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, MPavilion 2016 is the third annual architect-designed summer pavilion for Melbourne. With hundreds of creative collaborators, MPavilion presents a free, four-month public program of over 400 talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion 2016 was officially opened by MPavilion founder, Naomi Milgrom AO, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Indian High Commissioner Naydeep Suri and MPavilion architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and commemorated by a live performance by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham and leading Indian musician Dr Aneesh Pradhan.

MPavilion 2016 is part of an international movement in handmade architecture and uses 7km of bamboo, 50t of stone and 26km of rope to create an extraordinary 16.8m square summer pavilion for Melbourne. Encapsulating Jain’s ongoing interest in traditional craftsmanship and human connectedness, the pavilion sits on a bluestone floor sourced from a quarry in Port Fairy, Victoria. Bamboo poles imported from India especially for the MPavilion are pegged together with 5,000 wooden pins and lashed together with rope. Slatted panels that form the MPavilion roof are constructed from sticks from the Karvi plant woven together by craftspeople in India over four months.

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion’s design features an opening at the centre of the roof that Bijoy Jain sees as connecting earth to sky and below sits a golden well symbolising the importance of water to place and community. An elaborate ‘tazia’ entrance tower, as used in Indian ceremonies, sits next to the pavilion as a welcoming gesture.

MPavilion features lighting design by Ben Cobham of Bluebottle. Activated at twilight every night, the pavilion will be lit in-synch with a specially commissioned nightly soundscape by artists Geoff Nees and J David Franzke.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, speaking at the launch of the MPavilion 2016, said: “The City of Melbourne is proud to partner with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to support the third annual MPavilion. MPavilion has attracted 140,000 visitors into the city since its inception in 2014; thereby supporting our businesses.”

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai commented: “MPavilion is a space for the people of Melbourne to gather, talk, think and to reflect. My objective has not just been to create a new building, but to capture the spirit of the place by choosing the right materials, respecting the surrounding nature and working collaboratively with local craftspeople to share design and construction ideas.”

“I’m extremely grateful to Naomi Milgrom and the Foundation for giving Studio Mumbai the opportunity to collaborate on such an exciting commission.”

The MPavilion 2016 design employs handcrafted Indian construction methods, refined in collaboration with a team of Australian builders from Kane Construction who travelled to Mumbai to take part in Jain’s collaborative and intuitive approach to design and construction.

Naomi Milgrom AO, Chair of Naomi Milgrom Foundation who commissioned Bijoy Jain to design MPavilion 2016 commented: “Bijoy’s handcrafted MPavilion is a calming and thoughtful space which will inspire the people of Melbourne. As a utopian space for the creative industry and community, MPavilion continues to challenge the way we see and engage with the world by encouraging design debate and cultural exchange.”

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

The MPavilion 2016 program is presented free to the public from 5 October 2016 to 18 February 2017 and features more than 400 public events with more than 300 collaborators, including 32 education and cultural organisations from Melbourne and around the world. MPavilion 2016 opens as part of the Melbourne Festival and Confluence: Festival of India and will participate in events such as the new Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), Melbourne Music Week, White Night and the India Leadership Summit through the popular MTalks, MMeets, MMusic, MProjects and MKids event series.

Opening MPavilion’s 2016 program is a free public ‘in conversation’ hosted by architect Peter Maddison with MPavilion creator Naomi Milgrom and architect Bijoy Jain. Presented at MPavilion on Thursday 6 October at 6.15pm, the trio will discuss MPavilion 2016’s vision for cultural exchange and the collective construction process. This talk coincides with a special exhibition of Bijoy Jain’s design process at RMIT Gallery from 9 September to 22 October.

Open every day from 9am to 4pm throughout MPavilion’s season is an onsite kiosk by Three Thousand Thieves which will feature a Melbourne-focused menu offering some of this city’s best specialty coffee, food and beverages. Amongst the offerings includes a selection of artisan coffee, T2, Capi, Shadowfax wines, Melbourne Gin Company, Koko Black, Yarra Valley Diary and Sneakyboy Sweets. MPavilion onsite staff will be fitted-out in a specially designed outfit by Australian designers Perks and Mini (P.A.M.).

MPavilion 2016 is designed as both a temporary summer pavilion and an enduring architectural creation. At the end of the MPavilion 2016/17 season, the MPavilion will be gifted by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to the City of Melbourne and relocated to a permanent home within the city.

MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain

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MPavilion 2016 in Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion Key Dates & Information

● MPavilion will be open to the public from 5 October 2016 until 18 February 2017.
● Entry and all programmed events at MPavilion are free.
● MPavilion 2016 program details and updates can be viewed at http://www.mpavilion.org

About MPavilion
The MPavilion is an annual architecture commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Every year, a new temporary pavilion designed by a leading international architect, is erected in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens. From October through February, the MPavilion becomes a design and cultural hub and home to a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations. It is then moved to a permanent new home within Melbourne’s CBD, creating an ongoing legacy in Melbourne’s increasingly sophisticated architectural landscape.

Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain at MPavilion 2016:
MPavilion 2016 Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain

About Bijoy Jain and Studio Mumbai
Founded by Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians and draftsmen who design and build the work directly. Studio Mumbai’s work is created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

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photos : Nicholas Watt

Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 with Richard Meier, and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice. The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and received several awards, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009); finalist for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010); winner of the seventh Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, Finland (2012); winner of the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012); and most recently, winner of the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture, Paris, France (2014). The University of Hasselt, Belgium bestowed an honorary doctorate on Bijoy Jain in 2014. He has taught in Copenhagen (2012), fall semester at Yale (2013), spring semester in Mendrisio (2014) and taught the spring semester in Mendrisio in 2015.

Bijoy Jain architect India
photos : Nicholas Watt

About Naomi Milgrom Foundation
In 2014 the Naomi Milgrom Foundation was founded by Australian philanthropist Naomi Milgrom AO to support great design and architecture projects to enrich Australia’s cultural life, and is committed to projects that promote the value of design and its connection to contemporary culture. Projects supported have a strong public, industry and educational component and are designed to engage new audiences, foster public/private partnerships and generate beneficial economic, social and educational outcomes.
Australian architect Sean Godsell designed MPavilion 2014 and in 2015 it was designed by British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A. This year the foundation has supported the Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto and Scorsese exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI). Founder Naomi Milgrom is Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Tracey Moffatt exhibition, 2017.

MPavilion 2014, designed by Sean Godsell Architects, won the DETAIL PRIZE 2016 and the Australian Institute of Architect’s Victorian Architecture Small Project Award 2015. It was shortlisted for the World Architecture News (WAN) Temporary Spaces Award 2014, and the Australian Institute of Architect’s Victorian Architecture Award, Melbourne Prize 2015. MPavilion 2015 by Amanda Levete was shortlisted for the UK’s Structural Awards 2016 and the WAN Small Spaces Award 2015.

MPavilion 2016 Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion 2016 – Architect statement by Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai

Lore

n.
A body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group,
typically passed from person to person by word of mouth.

n.
The space between the eye and the base of the bill of a bird or between the eye and
nostril of a snake.

Instinctive response to any condition is honest and devoid of any burden of culture.
Such intuition is immediate in time and space. This detachment allows awareness
and freedom.

Our pursuit is to postulate an environment that is elemental and sensorial, a field of
varying conditions curated from our observations of everyday life. These conditions
are formed to instigate or negotiate inside and outside. The works independently and
collectively evoke indeterminate experiences. The idea is not to guide observers but
to allow discoveries through visual layers.

The act of making is embodied, both viscerally and physically, in the works. We hope
this then emanates through the experience of these objects. The embedded energy of
these objects has a potential to resonate with that of their observers. The works
remain neutral and become containers of embodied energy – of thinking, making and
seeing.

All of these conditions defy their actual purpose and presence. They exceed their
everyday existence and are neither contained nor in-finite in their presence or
absence.

“Civilization is built on an aqueous foundation. A world that is in a constant flux, a
culture continually in ebb and flow.”

Immediacy of material and immediacy of actions – of doing and undoing, is the only
way to negotiate uncertainty. Spontaneity allows us to be agile and adaptable against
circumstances beyond our control. Temporality then, is not consequential but

intentional that can constantly absorb the dis-balance. Our endeavour is to be ever
aware and find moments of epiphany in this. Everything we do then is with
awareness and intent however temporary or short-lived.

We live in overlays of varied landscapes – natural and cultural. Our notion of the
world is formed through continual engagements with these landscapes. We would
like to constantly traverse these landscapes physically and metaphorically to
continually expand our world. Through our continued research and documentation
of these landscapes, we have discovered many phenomena which are discreetly
present but non-extant in the collective consciousness. We are curious to test how
this tacit knowledge can be transferred.

We would like to present a landscape of different materials, scales, forms and
techniques – all interspersed through intuition and intention. These landscapes are
both notional and real at the same time. We would like the observers to dwell in
them and experience them. They can be read or sensed – discussed or ruminated
upon.

We intend to do this through series of models, material studies, objects, furniture,
images, videos, texts and books to allow the audience to immerse themselves in these
distant landscapes where existence is not reactionary but elemental. We hope that
this engagement will allow the observer to discover essentials of the world – and of
one’s self.

29 Jul 2016

MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

Design: Bijoy Jain Architect

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MPavilion by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

Photographs: Nicholas Watt

MPavilion 2016 architect Bijoy Jain and Naomi Milgrom speak about MPavilion’s third foray into Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens:

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation released the MPavilion 2016 design by renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Exploring ideas around handmade architecture and the craft of building at its most basic, bamboo, earth, stone and rope will be used to create a pavilion that is elemental and sensorial. Jain describes this process as ‘Lore’, and his design reflects his ongoing interest in the act of making and cultural and human connectedness.

MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

Working in Mumbai over the past six months, Jain and his team of skilled craftsmen have tested and designed MPavilion 2016 through a series of models and full-scale prototypes. A team of Australian builders have travelled to Mumbai to take part in Jain’s collaborative approach to design and construction.

MPavilion Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

Naomi Milgrom AO, MPavilion founder said: “Bijoy Jain’s practice is unique in that it focuses on honouring age-old crafts and building-techniques, which resonate strongly in this technologized world. As an architect, Bijoy thinks like an artist. His buildings are realised around a central idea, and are then fleshed out through an extensive process of collaboration, and always, careful consideration of the surrounding environment.”

9 Feb 2016

MPavilion in Melbourne

Design: Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, Architects

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai to design next MPavilion

Announcement Tuesday 9 Feb 2016:

Highly respected – Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai (India) has been commissioned to design the next MPavilion, Melbourne Australia

Bijoy Jain architect:
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photo : Timothy Burgess

Architect Bijoy Jain and Naomi Migrom AO:
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photo : Timothy Burgess

MPavilion 2015, Amanda Levete of AL_A:
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photo : Richard Powers

Ahmedabad Residence, Studio Mumbai:
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image from architect

MPavilion Melbourne by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Melbourne by Amanda Levete – 3 Mar 2016 relocation news update

13 Jul 2015

MPavilion in Melbourne

Design: AL_A, Architects

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Amanda Levete designs for MPavilion

Amanda Levete is a Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A.

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

Naomi Milgrom:
MPavilion Melbourne
AL & NM photo © Peter Guenzel

Amanda Levete + Naomi Milgrom:
MPavilion Melbourne
AL & NM photo © Peter Guenzel

Website: www.ala.uk.com

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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