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Shortlist chosen for Mumbai’s ‘V&A’

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Eight unnamed teams have been shortlisted in the contest for a new modern history wing at Mumbai’s Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The identities of the rival bidders will be revealed when the competition jury announces the winner which is expected to be in November.

A winner was originally planned to be announced in March however the contest was delayed after receiving more than 100 entries to its first stage.

The finalists have been given the summer to prepare designs for the 10,000 m² new wing which 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.

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: ‘The Museum was delighted by the response from architects worldwide and would like to thank all those who entered the first stage of the competition. ’

He continued: ‘The shortlist was selected on the basis of creative and technical ability. It balances established practices with lesser-known emerging ones; all the teams will be collaborating with a local architect.’

He added: ‘The quality of responses we received reflects the interest in Mumbai as an exciting global city. The teams have warmed to the Museum and its determined approach to renewing its mission and engaging new audiences in a cultural conversation.’

‘We look forward with great anticipation to the concepts from the finalist teams who have excelled in their first-stage submissions. It is heartening to see how the Museum is poised to enter a new chapter.’

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

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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