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International contest planned to extend Mumbai’s ‘V&A’

Malcolm Reading Consultants is to launch an international competition next month for a new modern history wing at Mumbai’s Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The museum – opened in 1855 and originally named the Victoria and Albert – appointed Reading to spearhead the extension last month.

The 10,000 m² new wing is expected to focus on the achievements of Mumbai’s inhabitants and key milestone’s in the city’s growth.

Alongside permanent galleries, the building will also feature a temporary exhibition space ‘capable of taking blockbuster touring exhibitions’, an interpretation centre, library, shop and café.

Malcolm Reading, competition organiser said: ‘This is a unique cultural moment for the museum as it reaches out towards new audiences inside India and internationally.

‘The new facilities will allow a greater diversity of activity and enable events like travelling international exhibitions to be held, which are impossible in the original heritage building.

‘We will be looking for very creative teams with expertise in contemporary design and landscaping as the museum stands in one of the few green spaces in south Mumbai.’

The competition is planned to launch next month with a winner due to be announced in March next year. Site preparation is expected to begin in October 2014.

The new structure will sit next to the existing museum and the Veermata Jijabai Udyan Zoo in Mumbai’s Byculla East district.

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