One Of Architecture’s Most Lucrative Prizes Goes To Indian Firm Studio Mumbai

Utsav House, Studio Mumbai (Satirje, Maharashtra, India/2008). Image © Hélène Binet.

Acclaimed Indian practice Studio Mumbai will be handed the BSI Swiss Architectural Award tomorrow, September 20. The prize, which totals CHF 100,000 ($108,000) – making the BSI Swiss Architectural Award one of the most lucrative architecture prizes in the world today – will be presented at Canavée Palace, The Mendrisio Architecture Academy in Switzerland. Read more.

The purpose of the award, offered every two years, is to recognize young architects who have made a significant contribution to contemporary architectural theory and practice, and who have shown particular sensitivity to landscape and the environmental context.

The ceremony will feature a laudatio by Mario Botta and will be accompanied by an exhibition of the 26 candidates at BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2012, with an emphasis on the work of the winner.

Studio Mumbai’s work will also be showcased in a more ample exhibition at the British School at Rome, running October 15 to November 3 as part of an event series themed “Urban Landscapes-Indian Case Studies.”

Praxis exhibition. Image © tetsu_objet (Flikr).

Praxis exhibition. Mumbai Central. Image © Adhvait Pandya.

Titled Praxis, the exhibition is currently on show in Tokyo at the National Museum of Modern Art. Focused on the unique working method of Studio Mumbai, it presents, for the first time, documentary photographic studies that describe how the merging of the formal and informal city has influenced the design of their buildings. Preparatory drawings, working drawings, and films are also exhibited, as well as illustrations of the completed work, including Palmyra House, Tara House, and Copper House.

Studio Mumbai was founded by Bijoy Jain in 1995. They describe themselves as “a human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build the work directly. The essence of the work lies in the relationship between land and architecture. The endeavour is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialogue and a face-to–face sharing of knowledge”.

In the past, the practice was awarded a special mention by the jury at the 2010 Venice Biennale and has received several prizes, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009).

Palmyra House, Studio Mumbai, Nandgaon, Maharashtra (India), 2007. Image © Enrico Cano.

Copper House II (Chondi, Maharashtra, India/2011). Image © Hélène Binet.

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