MPavilion 2023

Tadao Ando 

Visitable until 28 March 2024 at the Queen Victoria Gardens is the tenth MPavilion, designed by Tadao Ando. Every year since 2014 the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has commissioned the building of a structure that is eventually transferred to a permanent location within the Australian city. The authors of previous ones include Glenn Murcutt, Carme Pinós, Sean Godsell, Amanda Levet of AL_A, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, and OMA.

MPavilion 10 is the Japanese architect’s first Australian project. A result of offsetting two squares, the geometric composition rendered in concrete encloses a space envisioned as a temporary shelter – evoking traditional walled gardens in Japan – but also as a venue for different cultural events. A horizontal opening runs along the north and south walls, framing views. Inside, a central column holds up a 14-meter-wide disc clad in aluminum. The pavilion floor combines a paved area with a pool of water that mirrors the surroundings.