Competition Winner: Steven Holl Architects


The Mumbai City Museum North Wing Design Competition, launched in December 2013, invited architects from around the world to propose a design for one of India's leading cultural institutions.


The Museum, also known as the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, is in the process of creating a dynamic new identity for itself as a cultural hub in Mumbai. One hundred and four Expressions of Interest were received for the project, and so strong was the quality of entries that the Museum was able to identify an exceptional shortlist.


An eminent Jury, notable for its array of leading figures from the museum world, academia and business, met over a three day period in December 2014 and unanimously selected Steven Holl Architects as the winner. AL_A received an honourable mention.


The winning design was distinctive for its sculptural and calligraphic qualities and its commitment to sustainability. It proposes a simple volume, which is enlivened by deep subtracting cuts, creating dramatic effects of light and shade. A reflecting pool in a new garden courtyard between the old and new buildings lies at the heart of the masterplan. The scheme will establish a cultural campus around the Museum in this growing district within Mumbai.


This is the first time that an international architectural competition has been held for a public building in Mumbai; additionally the initiative will also create the first major public-private partnership building in the city.


The Museum warmly thanks all of the architectural practices who entered the competition for their interest, hard work and enthusiasm. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.


Please read the original call for interest in the following pages.