MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt Opens to Public

MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt Opens to Public

MPavilion 2019, designed by Glenn Murcutt, opened to public in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne. MPavilion 2019 is the sixth in an ongoing series of annual architect-designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. Inspired by Murcutt's career, MPavilion this year celebrates Australian design and identity with a free four-month season of events through March 22, 2020.

Internationally influential for his environmentally responsible designs with a distinctive Australian character, Murcutt's MPavilion heralds a milestone in the architect's fifty-year career as his first civic city design. "Glenn's fifty-year practice has inspired a new movement in thinking about climate-responsive design," stated Naomi Milgrom AO, chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. "His MPavilion refines the Australian characteristics we've all come to love about his buildings, and provokes a conversation about how Australian design can lead a growing international conversation about the future of cities."

MPavilion 2019 relays Murcutt's longstanding interest in linear buildings that make efficient use of researched site and climatic conditions. Prioritising a view of the Yarra River and city skyline with weather-effective design elements, the MPavilion consists of a rectangular plan and round steel columns supporting wing-like trusses wrapped in translucent tensile membrane, shaping a buoyant white roof that will be lit from within at night. The result is a sleek and adaptable MPavilion resting on the landscape.

"I felt a crisp white building that at night could be lit from within its roof-like a lantern in the Queen Victoria Gardens, giving the pavilion a feeling of lightness-would sit comfortably in the location," said Murcutt. "Having the pavilion face north, open towards the river, I could work with good climatic conditions. This also means that from within the MPavilion one can view the gardens to the river and the city."

Photography: John Gollings

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