The Lump Sum 2016 MPavilion Project built by Kane and designed by Indian practice Studio Mumbai opened in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the city's cultural hub on the 4th of October 2016.
The pavilion has been handcrafted using Indian traditional construction techniques with materials sourced from both India and Australia. The pavilion was constructed by a team of craftspeople in India as well as Kane Constructions builders who travelled to India to participate in Studio Mumbai’s collaborative design and construction process.
“MPavilion is a space for the people of Melbourne to gather, talk, think and reflect. My objective has not been just to create a new building, but [also] 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,” said Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai.
Studio Mumbai’s pavilion is the third in a series of four annual pavilions commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and inspired by London’s Serpentine Pavilion concept. MPavilion 2014, designed by Australian practice Sean Godsell Architects and built by Kane, was gifted to Melbourne and is now permanently located at the Hellenic Museum. MPavilion 2015, designed by London-based Amanda Levete Architects and built by Kane has been permanently relocated to a park in Docklands.
Photos: John Gollings