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MPavilion 2018

  • Queen Victoria Gardens Saint Kilda Road VIC Australia (map)

MPAVILION 2018 BY BARCELONA’S CARME PINÓS

  Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings


MPavilion 2018 is the fifth in an ongoing series of annual architect-designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. The pavilion this year celebrates building communities and women in leadership, and heralds a free four-month program of events from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, featuring over 500 Australian and international guests and collaborators.

Internationally influential for her community-focused philosophy of design, Carme Pinós’s MPavilion marks the first public work in Australia by a female Spanish architect. In true Pinós form, the sculptural design incorporates majestic wings inspired by origami that, rather than make a heroic statement, open the MPavilion to the city, encouraging movement, meetings and new experiences.

The geometric configuration assembled in two distinct halves intersect with each other to form the pavilion’s roof. An altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate seating, allowing a multitude of community-focused activities to ‘unfold’ during the MPavilion 2018/19 season of events. Designed for MPavilion and to celebrate the opening, Carme has also released a special commissioned stool made in Spain by hand-tinted birch plywood.

  Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

  Carme Pinos

Carme Pinos

In designing this year’s MPavilion, I wanted firstly to make a space for the people of Melbourne to feel connected—to each other, to the city they live in, and to nature. We are all part of the world, and architecture can tell that story and provide a place for us to experience life together. I hope the MPavilion becomes a flow of knowledge and creativity this summer
— Carme Pinós

The MPavilion 2018 program features hundreds of free public events through MTalks, MMeets, MMusic, MKids and MProjects event series, as well as MPavilion’s own curated MRelay series of tag-team talks, which this year focus on fostering inclusive and equitable cities. This year, MPavilion has greatly expanded its Indigenous architecture forum series BLAKitecture, initiated in 2017 and curated by MPavilion’s program consultant Sarah Lynn Rees. The program also offers MPavilion’s largest ever number of events developed in direct engagement with the public, resulting via an open call-out for expressions of interest in July.

Open every day from 9am to 4pm through MPavilion’s season is the onsite licensed Kiosk, which features locally sourced food and beverages, including wines from Shadowfax, Four Pillars gin, Two Birds Brewing boutique beers—Australia’s first female owned brewing company, and Three Thousand Thieves coffee.

  Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

  Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings

Mapvillion - Carme Pinos - Photo credit John Gollings


For more information and full program visit MPavillion official website here

Earlier Event: October 6
Brett Mickan (BMID) Concept Design
Later Event: October 10
Jo Wilson | Material only