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Design: AL_A, Architects

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Amanda Levete designs for MPavilion

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

MPavilion is a unique architecture commission and design event for Melbourne. The Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a new temporary pavilion each year from a leading international architect. Each structure takes shape in the city oasis of Queen Victoria Gardens housing talks, workshops, performances and installations from October until February. Building on collaborations, MPavilion is a catalyst and meeting place – an intriguing form, a temporary landmark, a spontaneous detour, a starting point, a base to explore design’s role in the creative city.

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

Amanda Levete is a Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning British design and architecture studio, widely regarded as laying down the agenda for architecture in the twenty-first century. Responding to climate and landscape; she will bring a career-long fascination with organic forms to the challenge of designing Melbourne’s 2015 MPavilion. Her ground-breaking projects include the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Birmingham’s Selfridges department store, and Tokyo’s sinuous Comme des Garçons flagship. AL_A are currently designing the new galleries, courtyard and entrance at the V&A Museum, the biggest building project at the Museum in over 100 years.

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

Designed by AL_A, the studio of British architect Amanda Levete, the temporary structure will engage with its setting: “I wanted to exploit the temporary nature of the pavilion form and produce a design that speaks in response to the weather.” The MPavilion is the product of an Anglo-Australian collaboration led by AL_A, working with Arup’s London and Melbourne offices, alongside MouldCam and Kane Construction.

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 render by AL_A

MPavilion is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation—a not-for-profit organisation that was established to initiate and support great public design and architecture projects. The Foundation champions projects that explore design’s close interconnection with contemporary culture. In doing so it seeks to create new public and private partnerships in the civic space—a goal that its chair, Naomi Milgrom AO, has always passionately pursued.

In 2014, Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissioned Sean Godsell to design the inaugural MPavilion. This year projects include the highly anticipated second MPavilion commission to be designed by AL_A as well as supporting the V&A Museum’s David Bowie is… exhibition at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, and the new Australian Pavilion in Venice designed by Denton Corker Marshall.

MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 render by AL_A

The architect for each pavilion is chosen by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation on the strength of their international profile and ability to encourage design debate and make a meaningful contribution to Australian creative industries. One of the unique features of the project is that each of the four pavilions is gifted to the people of Melbourne as part of an ongoing contribution to the architecture of the city. The City of Melbourne will help create a legacy of architectural masterpieces that will become part of the cultural heritage and public amenity of Melbourne, attracting tourism and community pride.

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

Australian architect Sean Godsell designed the inaugural MPavilion — a form inspired by iconic outback sheds and verandas. First constructed in the Queen Victoria Gardens for MPavilion’s 2014/15 season, Sean’s commission “A simple 12m by 12m steel structure with glazed roof and fully automated outer skin,” opens and closes to echo the way plants respond to the sun. The inaugural Sean Godsell-designed MPavilion has been gifted to the City of Melbourne by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and will be relocated to a new permanent home in the gardens of the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne’s CBD.

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

City of Melbourne, Victorian State Government, ANZ, Australia Council for the Arts, Crown Resorts Foundation, Hugh Williamson Foundation, Melbourne Festival, Deloitte, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Kane Constructions, Fabio Ongarato Design, Arup and The Good Copy.

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

Key Dates & Information:
• MPavilion will be open to the public from 5 October 2015 until 7 February 2016
• Entry to MPavilion will be free to the public
• All programmed events presented at MPavilion will be free to attend
• Details of the public program for MPavilion 2015 will be announced in August and September 2015
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