MPavilion 2017

MPavilion in Melbourne by OMA




MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens in the center of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, the pavilion intends to draw the community in and act as a cultural laboratory.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © John Gollings

OMA has designed a temporary structure that, along with providing space for performances, entertainment and events, can also perform itself.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

The pavilion’s ground surface is shaped by two tribunes, one fixed, the other movable, which together determine the setup of the performance space.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

The larger static tribune is excavated from the surrounding landscape and embedded in 12 different species of Australian flora, giving a sense of the local setting.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

The smaller tribune can rotate, allowing it to shift functions from seating to stage and blur the distinction between actor and audience.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

The main infrastructure of the pavilion, such as lighting and curtains, is placed in the overarching canopy, a 2-meterhigh mechanical grid structure made of aluminum cladded steel.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

The mechanics in the canopy can be activated per the type of event taking place; an open-air venue for performances, entertainment and sports.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

Existing of both static and dynamic elements, the pavilion allows for many configurations and can generate unexpected programming, echoing the ideals of the typology of the amphitheater.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © Timothy Burgess

With the city as a backdrop, the MPavilion provokes discussion on Melbourne, its development, and its surroundings. Source by OMA.

MPavilion 2017
Photo © John Gollings
  • Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
  • Architect: OMA
  • Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas
  • Project Team: Laurence Bolhaar, Miguel Taborda, Paul Jones, Fedor Medek, Eve Hocheng
  • Structural Engineer:Arup
  • Builders: Kane Construction
  • Building Surveyors: Gardener Group
  • Landscape Architects: Tract
  • Clients: Naomi Milgrom Foundation
  • Year: 2017
  • Photographs: John Gollings, Timothy Burgess, Courtesy of OMA
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