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Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, to design MPavilion 2016

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We’re thrilled to announce that MPavilion 2016 will be designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain, founder and principal of Studio Mumbai.

Widely recognised for building architecture that contains “the life of its environment”, the acclaimed studio develops projects through careful consideration of place—drawing on traditional skills, local building techniques and materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

Speaking in Melbourne recently, Bijoy Jain said: “I’m honoured to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world—and of oneself.”

Chair of the commissioning foundation, Naomi Milgrom AO, commented: “Bijoy Jain is one of the world’s most fascinating architects. His approach to design reflects a deep concern for craft, sustainability and community. Studio Mumbai’s work inspires us all to reconsider the way we design and continues MPavilion’s interest in collaboration and global connectedness.”

Studio Mumbai’s celebrated projects include Copper House II, Palmyra House, Ahmedabad House and Saat Rasta. Bijoy Jain’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; he was recently awarded the Grande Medaille d’Or from the Academie D’Architecture in Paris (2014).

Jain’s MPavilion design will be revealed later this year. For now, he says,“I’m enjoying the open expansiveness to what this pavilion can be.”

MPavilion 2016 will be the Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s third annual commission for the Queen Victoria Gardens site. It follows Sean Godsell’s inaugural 2014 pavilion and AL_A’s boundary-pushing digital canopy, now gifted to the City of Melbourne and set to move to its new, permanent location in coming months.

Watch this space … MPavilion 2016 and its associated cultural program will be presented free to the public from 5 October 2016 until 5 February 2017.