The architectural firm Studio Mumbai has designed an original bridge house in its studio in India. This bridge sculpture unites several different potential functions: you can live, eat, sleep and hide from the prying eyes of passers by here - but the one thing that you can’t do is to cross over the water. The bridge is located along the side of a canal. This architectural ‘landscape’ transcends any expectations of a bridge and also brings a taste of the metropolis to tranquil Bruges.
The bridge beside the water is located on a quay across from a medieval firebreak. It is a non-place, a spot that has lost its function in the city. The bridge house is conceived as a void that incorporates several potentialities: a place of contemplation, a place to eat, sleep or meet up with people. 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 brings 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 is 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.
Indian architecture firm Studio Mumbai was founded in 1995 by Bijoy Jain (1965, Mumbai, India). 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. Studio Mumbai consists of eight architects and several local craftsmen, including carpenters and stone masons, who are all involved in the design and construction process. This interactive approach allows for the mutual exchange of skills and experience. All designs are executed in its own workshop using local materials. This practice allows Studio Mumbai to realise each project from beginning to end and through this to inject their concepts with a stronger element of self expression.
BRIDGE BY THE CANAL
TREE HUTS IN BRUGES
Gold Guides Me
1:1 connect: DiamondScope
VERTICALLY INTEGRATED SOCIALISM
A Place Beyond Belief
Quiet is the New Loud
WU WEI ER WEI (Doing Nothing Doing)
THE PASSAGE ROOM
CANAL SWIMMER’S CLUB