The MPavilion is commissioned every year by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with the support of the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria, and the State Government of Victoria. Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens in the center of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, the pavilion is an open-air venue for performances, entertainment, and sports, intended to draw the community in and act as a cultural laboratory and forum of debate on the city itself. The pavilion’s ground surface is shaped by two tribunes, one fixed, the other movable, which together determine the setup of the performance space. The larger static tribune is excavated from the surrounding landscape and embedded in twelve different species of Australian flora, giving a sense of the local setting. The smaller tribune can rotate, allowing it to shift functions from seating to stage and blur the distinction between actor and audience. The roof, a 2-meter high mechanical grid structure made of aluminum cladded steel, offers a shaded space protected from sunlight and contains the main infrastructure of the pavilion, such as lighting and curtains, which can be activated per the type of event.
Naomi Milgrom Foundation
OMA / David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas (socios partners); Laurence Bolhaar, Miguel Taborda, Paul Jones, Fedor Medek, Eve Hocheng (equipo team)
Timothy Burgess; John Gollings; Laurence Bolhaar