Triennale Brugge 2015 Studio Mumbai Bridge by the Canal Matthias Desmet
Studio Mumbai

Bridge by the Canal

Studio Mumbai designed a bridge house that unites different potential functions: you can live, eat, sleep and hide from the prying eyes of passers by. But the one thing that you can't do is to cross over the water.

Bridge by the Canal was lying on a quay across from a medieval firebreak. It was a non-place, a spot that has lost its original function in the city. The installation is conceived as a void that incorporates several alternative roles : a place of contemplation, for encounters ... This is combined with a supporting infrastructure that is capable of bridging open spaces.

This layered quality and open functionality is often found in the work of Studio Mumbai. Flux, mobility and unpredictability play key roles in their concepts, along with the mutability of time perception and the rejection of linear, outcome-oriented thinking. The bridge house also brought with it a taste of the megacity : the urgent lack of space and shortage of housing that leads to increasing numbers of people struggling to find adequate shelter. But its primary function was as a place where people can protect themselves from the intrusive gaze of viewers and visitors.

The construction is reminiscent of famous medieval bridges, such as the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and Krämerbrücke in Erfurt, which also combine commercial and residential functions.

Studio Mumbai

Studio Mumbai

Indian architectural firm Studio Mumbai was founded in 1995 by Bijoy Jain (b. 1965, Mumbai, IND). Its registered office is in Alibaug, Mumbai. In an age of digital design and outsourcing, the firm bucks the trend by relying on a cross-pollination of skills to combine design and craft in one interactive studio.