A wooden latticework pavilion creating new public landscape in Melbourne

Designed by Estudio Carme Pinós, MPavilion 2018 will host cultural activities all through the summer, generating an intense meeting space in the middle of Queen Victoria Gardens.

Carme Pinós MPavilion 2018

A sudden animation in the landscape is combined with a radically artificial, sculptural element, and a double nature is almost spontaneously generated impromptu. “We will be inside the pavilion, but always feeling as if we were also on a balcony facing the surrounding nature”, the designers say in the project description; the concept refers to a place to experience with all the senses, assuming the wooden lattice roof as a filter inviting to enjoy both the sun and the rain.

In this temporary pavilion designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, two surfaces of timber latticework are bent and intertwined to form a roof, integrated by a layer of transparent polycarbonate; an alteration of topography lays underneath, forming three mounds that incorporate tiered seating plus a storage room. The roof structure made out of metal profiles allows a fast construction and an easy reconstruction on another site as it is a temporal intervention.

Commissioned yearly by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation since 2014, MPavilion fulfils the Foundation’s program  to provide an innovative civic space by enabling public-private collaboration: a cultural laboratory and a place for people to meet, learn and engage with ideas and design, the structure hosts cultural events and interventions from October to February, then is gifted to the people of Victoria and relocated on the territory surrounding Melbourne. All four previous MPavilions can therefore be visited in and around the city: 2017, designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten  from OMA; 2016, by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai; 2015, by AL_A Amanda Levete; 2014, by Sean Godsell.

MPavilion 2018
Opening dates:
until February 2019; further reconstruction in new venue
Estudio Carme Pinós
Queen Victoria Gardens
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Design team:
Carme Pinós Desplat, Samuel Arriola Clemenz, Holger Hennefarth, Blanca González Sainz, Leanne Zilka; Manuel Arguijo, Perrett Simpson (structures); Tract Consultants (landscape design)

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