Envisioned as an open and welcoming space for the people of Melbourne, the MPavilion 2018, designed by architect Carme Pinós has just opened to the public in the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens. This may be the fifth pavilion commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, but it is the very first public project realised by Pinós in Australia. 

The design, sculptural and light in appearance, was inspired by origami shapes, explains the architect. This becomes apparent, when upon closer inspection, the pavilion’s steel and timber shapes seem to ‘unfold’, forming walls, roofs, canopies and seating for the public.

The structure is open and welcoming, made of wood and steel. Photography: John Gollings
 
In a nod to Pinós’ passion for inclusive and engaging, community-focused architecture – which highlights the project’s overall ongoing commitment to ‘building communities and women in leadership’ – the architect imagined the space as a set of wings that ‘open’ the pavilion to the city. She has also released a specially commissioned stool to match her pavilion design. The piece was made in Spain by hand-tinted birch plywood.

‘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’, says the architect. ‘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.’

The structure will now remain open until the 3 February 2019, its launch signalling the beginning of a four-month-long series of events and activities in and around it, featuring 500 Australian and international guests and collaborators. §