Australia’s annual architecture commission and cultural laboratory, MPavilion, has been extended a further two seasons to 2020/21 and 2021/22.
MPavilion is the Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s centerpiece project, initiated in 2014, which gifts each year’s MPavilion to the people of Victoria as an innovative civic space and a way to connect Melburnians with architecture and design.
“In envisaging MPavilion in 2014, I primarily hoped the community would embrace the initiative and share in vital ideas about design and our cities,” says Naomi Milgrom, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.
“I’m proud that MPavilion has become part of the cultural and physical landscape and I’m excited to partner with the City of Melbourne to spark collaborative actions and discussions into the future.”
“For the past four years MPavilion has celebrated and showcased the best of contemporary Australian and international architecture right in the heart of our city,” says City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
“The MPavilion program has been a major success, featuring collaboration between more than 1,000 designers, architects, cultural and educational institutions and winning eight national and international awards.”
Each year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions an internationally renowned architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. Over its four-month duration from October to February, MPavilion has become the venue for a program of over 1,600 multidisciplinary events open to the public. At the conclusion of the season, MPavilion is gifted to the community and relocated to a permanent home within the state of Victoria.
MPavilion 2017, designed by Netherlands-based OMA/Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, can now be visited at Monash University’s Clayton campus. MPavilion 2016, designed by India’s Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, can be found at Melbourne Zoo. MPavilion 2015, designed by UK-based Amanda Levete of AL_A, is in Docklands Park, and MPavilion 2014, designed by Australia’s Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects, now sits within the grounds of the Hellenic Museum.
MPavilion 2018 is designed by influential Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós and will soon be built in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opening to the public on Tuesday 9 October. The 2018/19 season of talks, performances, workshops, installations and interventions will be announced in September. This year’s program distinctly responds to Carme Pinós’s interests in fostering inclusivity and community through design.