Glenn Murcutt MPavilion 2019, Naomi Milgrom Foundation Victoria Building Architect

MPavilion 2019 Design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

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Design: Glenn Murcutt

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MPavilion 2019 Building Design Unveiled

Image of design – artist’s impression:
MPavilion 2019 Design by Glenn Murcutt Architect
photo courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation


26 July 2019

MPavilion 2019 Building by Glenn Murcutt Architect

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released the design for MPavilion 2019, the sixth MPavilion in an ongoing series, by Australia’s only Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, Glenn Murcutt AO. The refined, white minimal design reflects Murcutt’s significant contribution to climate-responsive architecture. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Murcutt’s globally influential design practice, MPavilion 2019 will be a milestone summer attraction built in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Naomi Milgrom, Glenn Murcutt:
Naomi Milgrom, Glenn Murcutt
photo : Timothy Burgess

MPavilion 2019 relays Murcutt’s longstanding interest in buildings that make efficient use of site and climatic conditions. Prioritising a view of the river and city skyline, the MPavilion consists of a climate responsive rectangular plan with steel frames supporting wing-like trusses covered in tensioned translucent fabric, resulting in a buoyant white roof that will be lit from within at night. The result will be a sleek and adaptable MPavilion, resting on the landscape.

Architect Glenn Murcutt:
Glenn Murcutt Architect Australia
photo : ImagePlay

Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which commissions each year’s MPavilion, said: “Glenn’s very thoughtfully considered MPavilion reflects everything the world has come to love and appreciate about his distinctly Australian design practice over fifty years. I’m excited to bring a new Glenn Murcutt design to life for the community to share.”

Glenn’s beautiful sketches of the MPavilion:
MPavilion 2019 sketch design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

MPavilion 2019 sketch design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

Commenting on his MPavilion design, Glenn Murcutt AO said: The MPavilion design is a crisp white building that will be lit at night like a lantern, giving the pavilion a feeling of lightness. For me it was central to establish a sense of ‘place’ for visitors—to view from within the building, the gardens, the river, and the city.”

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Influenced by a memory of using a light aircraft’s wing as a temporary shade during a trip to Mexico to visit the Yaxchilán ruins, Murcutt’s MPavilion makes use of a membrane lined curved roof and aileron-like flaps to allow for shade and rain pathways. Open along the north and south elevations, the MPavilion’s south elevation is fitted with retractable fabric blinds to provide a level of wind protection when required. At each end of the MPavilion there are alcoves, membrane lined externally, and timber-slat pivot doors internally.

Glenn Murcutt Architect:
Glenn Murcutt Australia Architect
photo : Anthony Browell
Murcutt’s design has inspired MPavilion’s program themes for its 2019/20 season of free events and will open in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct, on 14 November 2019 until 22 March 2020.

Glenn Murcutt Architect sketches of the MPavilion 2019 building:
MPavilion 2019 sketch design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

MPavilion 2019 sketch design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

MPavilion 2019 sketch design by Glenn Murcutt Architect

Taking on a second life, the MPavilion at the end of each season is then gifted by the Foundation to the public. Becoming a legacy of architect-designed pavilions for the state of Victoria, the series enables design awareness to continue into new communities for years to come.

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MPavilion is supported by major partners City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, and ANZ. Bringing the pavilion to fruition, design and construction partners include structural engineers AECOM, specialist tensile roof fabric advisor Temple Architecture, surveyors AAM Group and builders Kane Constructions.

MPavilion will open free to the public on Thursday 14 November 2019 until Sunday 22 March 2020

Previously on e-architect:

18 Feb 2019

MPavilion 2019 by Architect Glenn Murcutt

Design: Glenn Murcutt
Naomi Milgrom with Glenn Murcutt Architect
photo courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation
MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt Architect

Glen Murcutt Architect, NSW, Australia

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MPavilion Designs

MPavilion 2018 Building
Design: Estudio Carme Pinós

MPavilion 2018 by Estudio Carme Pinós

architect Carme Pinós

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MPavilion 2017 Building
Design: OMA
MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

MPavilion 2017 Building Design by OMA was be the first building designed and constructed by OMA in Australia.

MPavilion 2016 Building
Design: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai
MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion 2016 Pavilion by Bijoy Jain

Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain at MPavilion 2016:
MPavilion 2016 Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain

MPavilion 2016 Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

Architect Bijoy Jain and Naomi Migrom AO:
photo : Timothy Burgess

MPavilion 2015, Amanda Levete of AL_A:
photo : Richard Powers

MPavilion Melbourne by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Melbourne by Amanda Levete – 3 Mar 2016 relocation news update
MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

Amanda Levete + Naomi Milgrom:
MPavilion Melbourne
AL & NM photo © Peter Guenzel

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