Annual architecture pop-up and event space MPavilion returns to Queen Victoria Gardens.

Every year a different architect is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to build a new temporary structure in the gardens. It’s open to the public for four months, from now until February 2017. There’s a massive program of free design-related events, talks and gigs. Or you can just come for a takeaway coffee and lie on the grass nearby.

This year’s structure, which was unveiled on October 5, is designed by Mumbai architect Bijoy Jain.

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Jain has used seven kilometres of bamboo imported from India, 50 tonnes of stone and 26 kilometres of rope. Topping off this intricate base – designed with Jain’s signature focus on traditional craftsmanship – is a roof constructed from slatted panels of sticks, which took a team in India four months to weave together.

Over the coming months a diverse range of thinkers, doers and makers from around the world will participate in a program of more than 400 talks, performances, workshops and installations – all of which are free.

Three Thousand Thieves is running the on-site kiosk. It will serve a menu of snacks, coffee and cold drinks.

While the MPavilion 2016 program has now officially been released, new events will be added. Here are some of the highlights.

Wearing the City (November 12, 2016)

For Wearing the City, Monash University’s art, design and architecture students will unveil clothing collections designed in response to a rather extraordinary brief: translate Melbourne’s iconic residential architecture into wearable garments.

Dog Meet with Tom + Captain (recurring, from October 16, 2016)

Tom Lillecrapp’s job is to take dogs on awesome adventures. His business partner is a silver-haired Weimaraner called Captain. Meet the dog-walking duo at MPavilion before heading off on a guided tour around the city. BYO dog.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (December 11, 2016)

In celebration of its 110th anniversary the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform a series of concerts at each of the three MPavilion sites on December 11. Yep – all three. In addition to the current Bijoy Jain structure, concerts will be held at Docklands and The Hellenic Museum, where MPavilion designs from previous years have now found permanent homes.

MRelay (February 4, 2017)

A designer-fanatic’s dream, MRelay is a day-long “design relay”. It brings together leading thinkers from Australia and around the world. For a full day, architects, philosophers, activists and designers will battle it out for the microphone sharing their ideas and insights.

M*Sync (February 11, 2017)

M*Sync is a free music, dance and art event hosted by MPavilion to coincide with February’s full moon. For one night only, dance under the summer stars to heartbeat soundscapes by HTRK while an art installation by Unconscious Collective syncs to the beat.

Twilight Ritual (recurring, from 9 October, 2016)

Each evening from October 9 MPavilion will host a Twilight Ritual to ease the transition from day to night. A combination of music and vibrant lighting design, this multi-sensory ritual is a beautiful and ambient way to end each day. Grab a glass of wine from Three Thousand Thieves, lie back, and let the day slip away.

MPavilion 2016 will run from 5 October 2016 to 18 February 2017 and host a program of more than 400 free events. To view the full program, visit

This article was updated on October 22, 2016.