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Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten's MPavilion Unveil

5th October, 2017

The fourth structure in MPavilion’s architectural community project is unveiled.

This week marked the unveiling of Melbourne’s fourth summer structure, MPavilion. Initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, this year’s temporary community space was designed by acclaimed architects, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of international firm, OMA.

On their intention for the structure, Rem and David said, ‘MPavilion 2017 is intended to provoke all kinds of activities through its configurable nature and a materiality that relates to its direct surroundings. We are happy that MPavilion can perform as a theatre of debate around the city and its development, and contribute to the ongoing civic discourse of Melbourne.’

Since the initiation of the important architectural project four years ago, MPavilion has become a known place for community and creativity in Melbourne. This notion is echoed in this year’s design, which calls on the collaborative nature of ancient amphitheaters as inspiration. With modern intentions and the specific needs of MPavilion in mind, the amphitheater is shaped by two tiered grandstands – one fixed and the other moveable – and covered by a floating roof structure, allowing the space to be reconfigured to suit varying events.

Situated atop a grassy knoll against the leafy backdrop of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, MPavilion is designed as a meeting place accessible to all members of the public. Aside from a pretty remarkable place to hang out, with it’s transparent, mechanical roof, a free program of events is also on offer between now and early February, focusing on engaging different elements of art, design and community based concepts.

MPavilion is open from October 5th 2017 to February 7th 2018. Find out more, including the program of events here.

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