Here’s why international media is hailing this Mumbai Architect

Here’s why international media is hailing this Mumbai ArchitectAs the third annual summer pavilion threw open in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne, thousands flocked to see the masterpiece that was kept there. It was a massive magnificent handmade bamboo structure built by Indian architect Bijoy Jain.

Believed to be Asia's largest bamboo structure, MPavilion 2016 uses all organic materials that have been imported from India.
Here’s why international media is hailing this Mumbai Architect
Heading acclaimed architecture practice Studio Mumbai, Jain has a strong following and solid reputation for top craftsmanship, elegant designs and collaborative working.

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His firm creates works of all scales from its western Indian base, where they employ artisans, specialist craftspeople, as well as architects and designers to bring a rounded, craft-based approach to their commissions.

True to their signature style, the architect decided to make a structure out of Bamboo for this year’s MPavilion Commission. His art uses seven km of bamboo, 50 tonnes of stone and 26 km of rope to create an extraordinary 16.8 m square pavilion which sits on a bluestone floor sourced from a quarry in Port Fairy, Victoria.

That’s not all. Bamboo poles imported from India especially for the MPavilion are pegged together with 5,000 wooden pins and lashed together with rope and slatted panels that form the MPavilion roof are constructed from sticks from the Karvi plant woven together by craftspeople in India over four months.

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As his artwork was opened for the public, Jain told the media - "MPavilion is a space for the people of Melbourne to gather, talk, think and to reflect. My objective has not just been to create a new building, but to capture the spirit of the place by choosing the right materials, respecting the surrounding nature and working collaboratively with local craftspeople to share design and construction ideas.”

Even as it lends an architectural focus to the park’s green expanses and is a visual delight for its visitors, the organisers are planning to bring it to life for the duration of its stay through a packed programme of over 400 free public events, including talks, tours, performances and installations for art, fashion and music.