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The structure for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York and Berlin was designed by the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow. Working with SDM Architects, the firm also designed the bamboo structure for the Lab's presentation in Mumbai.

Atelier Bow-Wow was established in 1992 by the husband-and-wife team of Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Best known for its surprising, idiosyncratic, yet highly usable residential projects in dense urban environments, the firm has developed its practice based on a profound and unprejudiced study of existing cultural, economic, and environmental conditions—a study that led it to propose the term “pet architecture” for the multitude of odd, ungainly, but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo. Atelier Bow-Wow has also acquired an enthusiastic following through its Micro Public Space projects and its innovative projects at exhibitions such as the 2010 Venice Biennale (as an official representative of Japan) and the São Paulo Bienal, as well as at venues such as the Hayward Gallery in London, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, The Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles, the Japan Society in New York, and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich in Linz, Austria.

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