MPavilion 2017, designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA, has been gifted to the people of Melbourne and will be relocated from its temporary site at the Queen Victoria Gardens to its new home at Monash University, Clayton.
"We are pleased that OMA's MPavilion 2017 will be relocated to one of Melbourne's universities; places of knowledge and debate," commented Koolhaas & Gianotten. "MPavilion will engage and support the development of Monash University and the City of Melbourne. We look forward to seeing it in its exciting new context."
MPavilion 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. "MPavilion is an exciting addition to the diverse array of performance, teaching and learning spaces available at Monash," said Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO. "As a unique space for activities and events, it will provide an invaluable asset for the benefit of the surrounding community. I am delighted that this innovative example of contemporary design will be situated at our Clayton campus."
Due to popular demand, MPavilion 2017's summer season was extended and closed on February 11. It welcomed 117,000+ visitors and 477 free events over 133 days, engaging more than 550 collaborators including cultural institutions, architects, artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, scientists, designers and more.
Photography: John Gollings