Mumbai Lab by Atelier Bow-Wow for the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Mumbai Lab by Atelier Bow-Wow for the BMW Guggenheim Lab
By Atelier Bow-Wow. [Mumbai] India. via BMW Guggenheim Lab (09/12/2012 - 20/01/2013)
BMW Guggenheim Lab. Central Lab, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum plaza. Photography: Deepshikha Jain © 2012 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Atelier Bow-Wow designs the Mumbai Lab for the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a laboratory with a structure made of bamboo in L, the architects take into account the environment densely populated and modeled after the indian Mandapa as a outdoor pavilion. The third stop of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai will address the challenges and opportunities related to public space.

As in New York and Berlin, the physical structure of the Mumbai Lab is in character with its urban environment. Tokyo architects Atelier Bow-Wow, working with Mumbai architect Samir D’Monte, have designed an L-shaped structure made primarily of bamboo that is uniquely suited to the plaza site at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and to the densely populated city, as well as a modified version of the Lab that will travel to the satellite sites throughout Mumbai.

The architecture of the BMW Guggenheim Lab structure is designed to be responsive to the cities the Lab visits. For the Mumbai Lab, Atelier Bow-Wow of Tokyo has designed a structure uniquely suited to the densely populated environment of Mumbai. Modeled after the Indian mandapa, a raised outdoor pavilion traditionally used for public celebrations and events, the Mumbai Lab structure is constructed primarily of bamboo and evokes a light, open and transparent quality. A second, traveling version of the Mumbai structure has been adapted for “pop-up” assembly at a variety of satellite sites throughout the city.


Design Architect:
Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo, Japan.
Principals: Yoshiharu more


Atelier Bow-Wow was established in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in Tokyo. Best known for its projects in dense urban environments, the firm has developed its practice based on a profound study of existing cultural, economic, and environmental conditions—a study that led it to propose the term “pet architecture” for the multitude of odd, and functional little buildings more