Gallery: MPreview


Our 2015 MPavilion opened on Monday! In no less than 34-degree heat. Before Victoria and Albert Museum director Martin Roth’s official opening at 10.30am—and before the mercury soared too high—we invited some amazing grammers to join us for an MPreview. They walked, talked and Instagrammed in and around our digital forest, seeking out unique vantage points, creating abstract shapes, discovering dreamy shadow-play—and even meeting some tiny, buzzing visitors. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and especially to Lou Hubbard and her students…

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Video: Introducing our Sunset Ritual

Photo by John Gollings

Thanks to Radar Kane at Flying Dragon for this sneak peek of #MPavilion at sunset. Nothing beats a drone’s eye view! Music on this video by Addam Kane. If you’re free this Tuesday night at exactly 7.28pm, please join us for Sunset Ritual’s official debut. Bring a rug and watch AL_A’s gently swaying structure create scattered halos of light, synchronised to a sound piece by Matthias Schack-Arnott.

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Behind the scenes: The build


We’re almost up! Press play below for a behind-the-scenes look at the final stages of construction and an interview with AL_A associate Alex Bulygin, who’s here to oversee the build this week.  To make their 2015 MPavilion design a reality, AL_A have been collaborating with Australian manufacturers mouldCAM and builders Kane Constructions, as well as global engineering firm Arup. The pavilion uses boundary‐pushing technology of composite materials to form petals that are…

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Announcing 25XDesign for MPavilion: A world-first collaboration with London Design Festival and Google’s Creative Lab

Photo by The Good Copy.

We’re excited to announce a world-first digital design initiative for Melbourne, launching as part of Mavilion’s 2015/16 season. Conceived by London Design Festival director Ben Evans and developed by Google’s Creative Lab, 25XDesign is an interactive event created to celebrate design and place. The first iteration of 25XDesign will ask MPavilion’s 2015 architect Amanda Levete of AL_A to choose her 25 Melbourne design inspirations. These buildings, views, objects and works of…

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VIDEO: Amanda Levete of AL_A on the changing role of risk in architecture

Amanda Levete. Photo By Peter Guenzel.

“I guess for me the big question is, is ‘risk’ the right word to use in the context of architecture?” MPavilion 2015 architect Amanda Levete of AL_A spoke via video at this year’s National Architecture Conference, presented by the Australian Institute of Architects. The event as a whole looked at ‘the changing role of risk in architecture’, and Amanda addressed her attitude to risk in the context of her practice:…

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Naomi Milgrom AO

It’s a busy time at MPavilion as we get ready to launch the 2015/16 season, but today we’re posting some exciting news about a different pavilion: MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO has been appointed as Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017. Making the announcement today, Australia Council Chair Mr Rupert Myer AO said, “The Australia Council is really delighted that Naomi has…

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MPavilion wins AIA 2015 Victorian Architecture Award for Small Project Architecture

MPavilion 2014. Photo by Earl Carter.

MPavilion 2014, designed by Sean Godsell Architects, has won the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 Victorian Architecture Award in the Small Project Architecture category. The annual awards program, now in its twelfth year, celebrates design excellence and aims to elevate public awareness of the importance of design. Sean’s MPavilion was shortlisted in the AIA awards’ Melbourne Prize, and we’re equally as thrilled that it is also shortlisted for a 2015 World…

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Julia Jones wins the 2015 MPavilion / Art Monthly Australia Writing Award

Slow Art Collective's Leaf House Music installation at MPavilion 2014.

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Julia Jones is this year’s recipient of the inaugural MPavilion / Art Monthly Australia Writing Award. Receiving $3,000 to develop her submission, Dr Jones will write an essay to be published in the October 2015 issue of Art Monthly Australia. She’ll also present her piece in person, as part of the MTalks program in MPavilion’s 2015 season. Co-presented by MPavilion, Art Monthly Australia and…

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Victoria and Albert director Martin Roth to open MPavilion 2015

Martin Roth

We’re excited to announce that Martin Roth, director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, will join us on 5 October to officially open MPavilion 2015. Martin took the directorial reins at the V&A in September 2011, continuing a distinguished career of involvement in museums, galleries and arts research that has included a ten-year position as director general of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) and a presidency of the…

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MPavilion 2015 designs by AL_A revealed

Image courtesy of AL_A.

Introducing… MPavilion 2015! We’re delighted to reveal AL_A’s design: an enchanting, highly technical and weather-responsive forest canopy set among the trees and flowers of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Produced in collaboration with Australian manufacturers mouldCAM and builders Kane Constructions, as well as global engineering firm Arup, AL_A’s MPavilion will be built using the latest nautical-engineering technology. Tall and slender carbon-fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind will support a roof…

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