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    Season extended at MPavilion

    Nicholas Rider

    The current MPavilion program has been extended a further week due to popular demand.

    Similar to previous years, the current MPavilion commission – the fourth in the Naomi Milgrom Foundation-led initiative – has been accompanied by a free program of talks, meets, music and projects in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens over a period of four months. MPavilion 2017 is being presented in a pavilion designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based practice OMA.

    Concluding MPavilion’s 2017–18 season on 11 February is a film screening of Rem Koolhaas: A kind of architect.  A number of other new events have also been announced, including a behind-the-scenes look at MPavilion, a soundscape installation from Arup and BLOXAS Architects, and a multi-faceted event – made up of a reading, talk, and walk – celebrating American journalist, author and activist Jane Jacobs. 

    The structure of the current pavilion comprises two tiered grandstands: one fixed, the other moveable. A metallic, ‘floating’ roof completes the pavilion.

    The mixture of static and dynamic elements within the 19x19-metre, aluminium-clad structure means it can be re-configured to accommodate whatever type of performance is demanded. The rotating grandstand in particular enables visitors to interact with the pavilion from all angles. This kinetic element also allows programmers to open up different views from within the space, whether to the specific context within the Queen Victoria Gardens or to the broader cityscape.

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