• Marvel Structural Consultants

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale – Pavilion

    Kochi, Kerala, India

Project Summary


The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, India. The show occupies existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings, and disused structures. The Kochi Biennale Foundation retained Marvel Structural Consultants to design the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Pavilion as a temporary venue within the Aspinwall compound. Intended as a work of art itself, the INR 4.5 million structure will be used for six months.


The scope of work for this project included analysis and design of the structure, adherence to safety standards and functional requirements, and attention to aesthetics and structural novelty. Designed using STAAD, the wave-like structure is mostly steel, with the frames prefabricated and erected onsite to reduce costs. Its high strength-to-weight ratio, coupled with a low-carbon footprint and the ability to be reused, makes the temporary structure a truly sustainable project.


Local prefabrication and onsite erection of the steel frames shortened construction time to 30 days and reduced transportation costs. The unconventional design by internationally acclaimed architect Nuru Karim minimized the pavilion’s environmental impact so that, when disassembled, it will leave almost no trace and can be recycled or reconstructed elsewhere. In fact, the steel in all of the superstructure and 70 percent of the substructure can be recycled or reused after the exhibition.


STAAD, Bentley’s 3D structural analysis and design software, enabled Marvel Structural Consultants
to share synchronized model data among the design team. The software increased design productivity with streamlined workflows to reduce duplication of effort and eliminate errors.

  • Alongside the exhibition of contemporary art from around the world, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale offers a rich program of talks, workshops, and educational activities for students.
  • The Foundation expects 10,000 visitors per day during the four-month exhibition.
  • The Kochi-Muziris Biennale Pavilion is both an exhibition hall and an exhibit in itself.
  • “Bentley has provided a wide range of software ensuring a smooth and swift progress of projects from the conceptual phase to completion and operation. We have not found any other organization providing such a diverse and broad range of products in this industry or in any other industry.”

    Ajith P S Co-Founder Marvel Structural Consultants