At his practice, founded in 2005 and established in the megalopolis of Mumbai, Bijoy Jain, an Indian architect who studied in the USA, develops projects inspired by both Indian and Western culture.
What sets Bijoy Jain’s approach apart is a brilliant combination of tradition and modernity, in which local resources and traditional Indian craft skills form the basis for strongly contemporary buildings, nourished by reality and distinct from increasingly widespread international architectural output.
“Between the Sun and the Moon” by Studio Mumbai
The rediscovery of Indian Handcraft
April 16 — August 21, 2016
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, 60596
Thoughtful and uncompromising to the last detail, this is architecture that cares deeply about the relationship between Man and Nature.
The layout has been designed to highlight the items on display by echoing the look and feel of the Alibag studio, the “construction laboratory” where the projects take shape. Models, prototypes, materials, objects, books, videos and tools help the visitor to understand the world of Studio Mumbai and show on-going or completed design projects.
The exhibition initiated and curated by arc en rêve centre d´architecture focuses on the work processes at Studio Mumbai.
References, resources, prototypes and projects are all here: projects in the making, designed to be implemented by hand with great economy of means and resources, always involving a negotiation with climate and slow pace.
“Between the sun and the moon” invites visitors to explore an architectural corpus that is a paean to patience: a body of work that is imbued with great sensitivity and unfailingly open to the world at large.
MODERN DESIGN, PRIME MATERIALS AND TRADITIONAL ARTISANSHIP
The title of the exhibition refers to the differences in planning cultures: Between the Sun and the Moon is a metaphor for the different approaches in the planning processes.
First of all there is the European-American notion of efficiency, which as it were delineates wanted and unwanted elements in planning with the clear knife of exclusivity. Project generation on the Indian subcontinent, by contrast, corresponds more with the opaqueness of lunar light.
Combining these otherwise mutually exclusive poles fruitfully is a true trait of the work of Studio Mumbai.
“By surrounding ourselves with everything we might need to produce quality buildings and objects, we’ve made the Alibaug studio into a place where we’re able to develop ideas and begin to understand the world around us. Carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, architects and engineers work together, cohabiting in the same space; they are committed to designing and producing a form of architecture that goes beyond its own limits. Objects are born and multiply in this workplace, but there are also prototypes in the open air, large drawings on the walls, and tests covering the tables… This iterative and constantly changing environment is where our ideas are explored, drafted and constructed.” Bijoy Jain