New Wing of Mumbai City Museum – Early December (Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum)

Type: International, two-stage


Competition launch: Early December

The two stage competition has a fast-track timetable with a launch in December and the winner selected by March 2014. Site preparation is anticipated to begin in October 2014 at the end of the monsoon.

Competition Adviser: Malcolm Reading Consultants, London

The competition, which will be launched worldwide at the beginning of December, will seek a design team for a building expected to be 8,000 to 10,000 m2, providing new galleries and facilities including, an interpretation centre, a library, an archive, conservation facilities and a new museum shop and café.

At the heart of the new wing will be a permanent gallery to showcase contemporary Mumbai, focusing on important milestones in the city’s development and highlighting its cultural achievements as well as temporary exhibition space to international standards capable of taking blockbuster touring exhibitions.

The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, dates from the late 19th Century and recently underwent a major renovation, winning a UNESCO Conservation Award in 2005. It is one of India’s most outward-looking cultural institutions and hosts regular international events, including the BMW Guggenheim Lab.

The new building will be set in a landscape adjacent to the existing museum and next to the Veermata Jijabai Udyan Zoo.