Glenn Murcutt to design 2019 MPavilion in Melbourne

Boyd Centre, Riversdale Sth Coast NSW
Glenn Murcutt is set to design Melbourne’s 2019 MPavilion. Pictured here, the architect’s Boyd Centre, Riversdale Sth Coast NSW.
(Image credit: Anthony Browell)

Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has been unveiled as the designer of the 2019 MPavilion in Melbourne. The announcement, revealed today by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – the commissioning body behind the annual architectural event – marks the launch of this year's cycle for the pavilion, which will be the structure's sixth iteration. 

Murcutt's participation will surely be widely welcome, long respected and recognised as a key proponent of modern Australian architecture, he was honoured with the Pritzker Prize in 2002. He is also a well known champion of an environmentally sensitive approach that is firmly ‘of its place'. The architect's rich portfolio includes a variety of single family houses, as well as the recently completed Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne (undertaken in equal collaboration with architect Hakan Elevli).

Glenn Murcutt is arguably Australia’s most recognised architect.

Glenn Murcutt is arguably Australia’s most recognised architect.

(Image credit: Anthony Browell)

When asked about this year's choice of architect, MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom explained: ‘Quintessentially Australian and ahead of his time, Glenn’s thoughtfulness about people, placemaking and the environment continues to inspire us all.' It is this sensitivity, sense of place and cross-disciplininary aspect that will no doubt shine through the 2019 MPavilion commission, the design of which will be unveiled later in the year.

‘It’s extraordinary what Naomi has achieved with MPavilion', says Murcutt. ‘She’s one of the great people in this country for supporting the arts, and more than just art but architecture, with a special understanding of city life. MPavilion is an interesting and assiduous project, and I’m honoured to be commissioned.' 

Murcutt's MPavilion is scheduled to open to the public on 12 November 2019 and access will be free, and accompanied by a varied programme of specially planned events. 

Donaldson House, Palm Beach

Donaldson House, Palm Beach Peninsula NSW. 

(Image credit: Anthony Browell)

Short House, Nth Coast

Short House, Nth Coast NSW. 

(Image credit: Anthony Browell)

Simpson-Lee House, Mt Wilson Blue Mountains

Simpson-Lee House, Mt Wilson Blue Mountains NSW

(Image credit: Anthony Browell)

Walsh House

Walsh House, Kangaroo Valley NSW

(Image credit: Anthony Browell)


For more information visit the website of the MPavilion

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).