On Sunday, the design was revealed for this year’s MPavilion, to be built in the Queen Victoria Gardens.
Each year, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a new pavilion to serve as a temporary event space for four months before being gifted to the City of Melbourne. A permanent home is then found elsewhere in the city.
Designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós, the 2018 pavilion takes inspiration from origami folding techniques, featuring latticed floating panels and tiered seating. The latticework on the roof and walls allows sunlight to pass through, creating shadows that will change and shift depending on the time of day.
“MPavilion 2018 is a place for people to experience with all their senses – to establish a relationship with nature, but also a space for social activities and connections,” says Pinós in a statement.
Pinós’s practice covers public architecture, social housing and urban refurbishment. Her early interest in fashion can be seen in techniques today that are reminiscent of dressmaking patterns and construction methods.
“Whenever I can, I design places where movements and routes intersect and exchange, spaces where people identify as part of a community,” Pinós says.
Last year’s pavilion was created by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based OMA. It was reminiscent of a piece of floating aluminium surrounded by raised native gardens.
MPavilion 2018 will open free to the public on October 8 2018 in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct.