MPavilion 2019

By Glenn Murcutt, Architect

Designed by an esteemed figure in Australian architecture, the fifth MPavilion provides an open, inclusive space for a range of public recreational activities, encouraging community interaction and participation.

MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and is supported by the City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria and ANZ. Each year since 2014, the foundation has commissioned an outstanding architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. The MPavilion then becomes the focus of a free program season of cultural events and interventions, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences.

Glenn Murcutt is a renowned Australian architect, known for the strong environmental approach to his designs that assume a markedly Australian character. His 2019 MPavilion is truthful to his style of thoughtful architecture that responds directly to its site and climatic conditions. The pavilion utilises an open, linear plan with slender round columns supporting a buoyant, tensile roof. Reinforced Anston paving in Ironstone Range Bone was selected for the flooring of the pavilion, blending in with the overall white aesthetic while providing subtle design complexity via an exposed quartz and stone finish.

Murcutt’s MPavilion is internationally recognised in the global architecture community for its creativity and innovation, having recently been awarded a bronze medal in the ‘Small Spaces’ category of the 2020 World Architecture News Awards.

Often referenced as Australia’s most famous architect, Glenn is the only Australian recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and is internationally recognised for environmentally sensitive, responsible designs that are distinctively Australian. Responding to elements of the landscape, Glenn’s practice is a harmonious blend of modernist sensibility, local craftsmanship, Indigenous structures and his respect for nature.

Melbourne, VIC

Glenn Murcutt, Architect

Stanmore Ceramics

Reinforced concrete paving

Product Colour/s

Melody Ong

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