Every summer, MPavilion commissions a new space – designed by an acclaimed architect and chosen from a competitive pool of submissions – that pops up in Queen Victoria Gardens, just across from the NGV and Arts Centre Melbourne.

This year it’s by Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Tadao Ando. His signature austere, geometric style shows through in the square walled courtyard, with its circular, aluminium-clad awning and shallow pool that reflects the pavilion and the sky overhead.

On a regular day, it’s a tranquil setting to pause, reflect and connect with friends, but it’s also the site of a stacked months-long program of events.

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And one of the first for the year? The launch of Broadsheet’s latest print issue: 16 sleek pages filled with interviews, essays, letters and retrospectives on MPavilion, as part of our proud media partnership with the cultural laboratory and the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

On Tuesday November 28, we gathered inside Ando’s MPavilion 10 for an evening of conversations, design, music, drinks and (surprising) food. Our friends at Neighbourhood Wine put together a grazing spread featuring a whole ham, shaved on request; cheeses by the wheel; fresh cherries, strawberries, grapes and figs; baked pretzels, baguette and crackers; freshly shucked oysters; and more.

East Brunswick wine bar Bahama Gold served refreshments, including Bahama Litres natural wines by Adelaide winemaker Damon Koerner and the Barossa-based Yetti & the Kokonut, plus a refreshing, seasonal take on the Aperol Spritz.

Piccolina Gelateria also brought six shades of mystery grey gelato, created as part of an edible art activation by Brazilian artist João Loureiro. Scoops were a lucky dip – the flavours are unlabeled, with the monochromatic hues intended to challenge your senses.

Friends of Broadsheet and MPavilion were in attendance, including fashion designer Emily Nolan, interior designer Brahman Perera, Beatrix Bakes’s Natalie Paull, Etta chef Rosheen Kaul, Stokehouse general manager Hugh van Haandel, Florian and Juniper co-owner Dom Gattermayr, alongside Broadsheet editors, staff and our founder, Nick Shelton.

As the sun began to set, blue skies made way for pastel shades of pink, lilac and orange – a colourful contrast to the pavilion’s moody monotone.

Broadsheet’s print issue in partnership with MPavilion is out now – find it in all good cafes and at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Broadsheet is a proud media partner of MPavilion.