OMA's MPavilion 2017 Finds New Home


Monash University’s Clayton campus has today been announced as the permanent home of MPavilion 2017, with the relocation of the OMA-designed structure already under way.

The 2017 MPavilion is the fourth in a series of six pavilions to be gifted to the city by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Opening 8 May, it will be located at the front entrance of the Clayton campus, near the new Learning and Teaching Building and close to public transport and parking.

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten from OMA were responsible for the MPavillion 2017 design, crafting it as the meeting place for Melbourne to discuss art, design and architecture.

Related reading: Award-Winning Spanish Architect to Design MPavilion 2018

The MPavilion ran from a temporary site in the Queen Victoria Gardens from October 2017, which saw the summer season extended due to popular demand. It welcomed over 117,000 visitors and 477 free events over 133 days, engaging more than 550 collaborators including cultural institutions, architects, artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, scientists and designers.

The 2017 MPavilion is a single storey, sheltered amphitheatre, with a focus on participatory design. The 19x19-metre aluminium clad structure allows for multiple configurations that can generate unexpected programming, echoing the ideals of the typology of the traditional amphitheatre.
The 2017 MPavilion

Naomi Milgrom, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation responsible for the MPavillion initiative, said the relocation was a “gift to the people”.

“It will continue to be a dynamic incubator, where ideas about architecture, design and creativity are encouraged and nurtured,” she said.

MPavilion started in 2014 as an architecture commission and design event, and has received support from City of Melbourne, the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria, and ANZ.

This year’s MPavillion will be designed by the Spanish founder of Estudio, Carme Pinós.

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