Monash University president and vice-chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner has officially opened the new MPavilion space at the university’s Clayton campus.

Earlier this year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation announced Monash Clayton as the new home of the MPavilion 2017, a creative incubator designed by world-leading architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten.

The undercover outdoor space will be available for student, staff and community organisations to host a variety of events and performances, talks and lectures along with high-quality art installations.

“MPavilion is an exciting and unique addition to the diverse performance, teaching and learning spaces available at Monash. It will provide an invaluable asset for the benefit of the surrounding community,” says Gardner.

“Nestled in the Australian park landscape that characterises its new surrounds, the MPavilion embodies the frontiers of contemporary design and resonates perfectly with the modernist architecture of our Clayton campus. It will be transformative for the artistic and cultural life of this University.”

I’m thrilled that this MPavilion will become an integral part of university life at Monash University. Even more importantly is the international educational resonance created as this MPavilion comes to life on the campus. I have no doubt that students, academics, researchers and administrators here will all embrace the purpose underpinning this MPavilion, making it uniquely their own,” Milgrom says.

The MPavilion 2017 is a single storey, contemporary, flexible, sheltered amphitheatre, with a focus on participatory design.