The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced that MPavilion – an architecture pavilion and “civic space” erected annually in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens – will be extended for a further two years, until 2019.
This announcement comes as we await the unveiling of the fourth MPavilion designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based practice OMA.
“When we started MPavilion in 2014, I could never have imagined how it would inspire and enthuse so many people,” says Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.
“I am overwhelmed by the way MPavilion has become such an important part of Melbourne’s cultural life, and by the huge support we have received from the public, the design community, universities, arts organisations, and our wonderful corporate and philanthropic partners.”
For the past three years, the Melbourne architecture commission and design event has seen more than 230,000 visitors each season. Last year’s program featured more than 400 public events with more than 300 collaborators, including 32 education and cultural organisations from Melbourne and around the world.
Following its four-month stint, the pavilions are “gifted” to the people of Melbourne and rebuilt in a permanent location. MPavilion 2014, designed by Sean Godsell, now stands in the gardens of the Hellenic Museum. The 2015 MPavilion, by Amanda Levete of AL_A, now resides in Docklands Park. Last year’s structure by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai is currently in the process of being relocated to Melbourne Zoo.