Design for 9th MPavilion Unveiled

John Hill
12. July 2022
Image courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation/MPavilion

The first look at the next MPavilion design comes two months after all(zone), the practice led by architect Rachaporn Choochuey, was announced as the designer of the 9th annual commission that the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has previously given to Glenn Murcutt, Amanda Levete, Carme Pinós, and other since its inaugural year in 2014. Each year — minus 2020, at the peak of the pandemic, when the project moved to a downtown carpark — the temporary pavilions in Queen Victoria Gardens have served as venues for a full summer season of talks, performances, classes, and other events. Following their time there, the structures are gifted to institutions in Melbourne and given longer lives; most recently, the MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt was gifted to the University of Melbourne.

Image courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation/MPavilion

All(zone)'s design envisions a canopy made from layers of "bespoke, colored nets and architectural fabrics with a waterproof membrane often seen in stadiums," per a press release. Manufacturer Serge Ferrari is supplying the lightweight mesh that is reportedly as transparent as glass but ten times lighter. "This barely-visible mesh," being used for the first time in Australia, per the press release, "allows light and color to shine through the MPavilion while keeping the structure weather-proof and minimizing its impact on the environment." All(zone) is working with TENSYS and AECOM on the engineering of the canopy.

"After being confined for such a long time, we began the project with the idea of celebrating 'outdoor living.' We visualized rays of light flickering through layers of leaves that give a very relaxing ambience — like being under a big tree. We wanted MPavilion to be a place where people could meet, enjoy and live in the moment freely. In a world where we increasingly encounter a shortage of resources and ever-changing social conditions, the lifespan of architecture in relation to its materiality should be reinvestigated. The intent of our design for MPavilion is to explore the potential of architecture to embrace a lighter and more casual spirit, and become even more sustainable and engaging."

Rachaporn Choochuey

Image courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation/MPavilion

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