MPavilion: Cultural Laboratory Meeting Place, Melbourne 2017

MPavilion 3
MPavilion 3

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

The fourth MPavilion, Australia’s leading architectural commission arrives in Melbourne this Spring 2017, offering opportunities for citizens and visitors alike to attend an outstanding array of FREE events held within its new up to the minute classy well defined exhibition and celebration space.

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

MPavilion will be once again located in the Queen Victoria Gardens October 3, 2017 to February 4, 2018 and this year’s winning commission takes its inspiration from an ancient amphitheatre transposed for contemporary times.

MPavilion 2

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Principal partners City of Melbourne, the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the ANZ support the MPavilion project and each year when the current temporary pavilion completes its annual mission, it is relocated within the city to carry on serving its needs.

mpavilion-bestLast year’s MPavilion designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai is to be relocated to Melbourne Zoo to make way for the new.

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

This years exciting new event space has been created by Netherlands–based architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) whose international practice of influence and experience is completing their first-ever Australian architectural commission for the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Naomi Milgrom credit Steven CheeNaomi Milgrom AO said: “True to this year’s design, MPavilion 2017’s program will encourage the space to once again ‘… be used as a forum for debate, a stage for improvisation and a theatre of ideas. Inspired by the cross-pollinated creativity and research interests of OMA” she said. “I can’t wait to see it all unfold.”

Being progressive, MPavilion has a library with a regularly updated archive of recordings from talks and readings from the first season in 2014 to the present day. They are accessible anywhere in the world for you to visit, or revisit, a selection of cultural events whether two weeks or two years ago.

You can experience the archive as a podcast and listen via iTunes by clicking here.

Aunty CarolynThis year’s daily morning ritual will feature an intimate and personal audio storytelling experience by N’arweet Aunty Carolyn Briggs, elder of the Boonwurrung nation and language and linguistics expert who is dedicated to recording both her heritage and history,

MPavilion will erupt each evening from Friday 6 October onwards to present an audio-visual cosmophony developed by musician, composer and sound designer Philip Brophy in collaboration with lighting designer Ben Cobham of Bluebottle.

The creative team shaping the program is led by executive director Sam Redston, his deputy creative director Jessie French and producer-programs and engagement Sara Savage. They are all taking their lead from OMA’s multi-disciplinary ethos.

MPavilion 7David Gianotten_photo Andrew Tang, courtesy OMA

David Gianotten, Managing Partner-Architect of OMA, photo by Andrew Tang, courtesy OMA

OMA the practice is led by nine partners; Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and the firm maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha, Dubai and Perth in Australia.

Shaking up conventions is a specialty for OMA, who has helped facilitate a mix of innovative and experimental activity for all to enjoy within their fabulous civic space, which is meant to inspire, stimulate and to have people relax and enjoy the experience.

Meditating Mornings

Quiet mornings courtesy ASpace

Among the MMeets gatherings this year will be early-morning meditation courtesy of A-SPACE. There is also the return of morning yoga with Happy Melon in November, plus more reflective moments to be announced throughout the season.

This is of importance because Mindfulness, inspiring a ‘smiling mind’, is a cerebral celebration.

Intellectual stimulation and well being is well catered for through a series of debates with a rotating roster of curatorial teams, including the Australian Institute of Architects and their Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) and Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN).

These debates take place on Fridays after work, followed by live DJs to entertain.

Returning to MTalks is Open Journal’s ‘High Density Happiness’ discussion series, not to mention a new-and-improved MRelay, which will reveal its full line-up of speakers in the months to come.

ParenthoodCentral to this year’s very extensive program is the figuring of MPavilion as an intergenerational space, where over the course of one day visitors of all ages will enjoy a workshop for grandparents and children as it is transformed into a meeting place for new parents and their babies.

A ‘stage for new parenthood’ will be created featuring a regular playgroup and discussion series aimed at addressing the ‘architecture of parenthood’ informing how our cities and cultural events might better serve this important demographic.

Following the family theme the ever-popular dog meets led by Tom+Captain, also return this year, as well as Dog Photog, the photo booth for dogs.

RMIT Fashion Design Students

RMIT Fashion Design Students

Another collaboration with Monash University Art Design & Architecture students will feature the hugely successful wearable architecture series ‘Wearing the City’ on Saturday 11 November.

This will be followed on Thursday 16 November by RMIT University’s Masters of Fashion Design graduate show, which includes a collaboration with RMIT Design Hub later that month, as well as many other events hosted in conjunction with a number of Melbourne universities, some of which are still being formulated.

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

Image courtesy ©OMA, used with permisions

MPavilion is all about ‘fostering discussion and debate about the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is liveable, creative and equitable’. It’s a new civic space, a cultural laboratory and event hub and for four months it offers an outstanding array of stimulating, informative and creative events designed to expand knowledge.

The list of events goes on and on… so the best thing for you to do is to hop onto the MPavilion website and take your time to search out the events you would enjoy to attend.

MPavilion 2017 1

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Melbourne while having a historically interesting past and a lively present living environment, having won the world’s most liveable city for the seventh time recently, is indeed a generous city for the future.

MPavilion is an awesome initiative and perhaps the best thing about it is that every event on offer for both its citizens and visitors, is completely FREE to attend.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle.

MPavilion 2017

Event Program

MPavilion is open from 5 October 2017 – 7 February 2018.


MPavilion is located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road, Melbourne

All images, unless otherwise stated, used with permission courtesy Pavilion

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