OMA Reveals MPavilion Design

The temporary structure will feature a floating roof structure as well two tiered grandstand volumes. All images courtesy OMA.

OMA and the Naomi Milgrom Foundation have revealed the design for MPavilion 2017. Conceived by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, the temporary structure will host public debates, design workshops, performances, and more within the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. The pavilion will open October 3, 2017 and will be accessible to the public through February 4, 2018.

Image courtesy OMA.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, the pavilion will comprise a circular amphitheater topped with a floating roof structure and shaped by two tiered grandstands, one fixed, one moveable. The rotating grandstand will provide access from all angles, opening up the pavilion to both the surrounding gardens and cityscape. Embedded in 12 different species of Australian flora, the larger, static volume will lend local authenticity to the design. A translucent, gridded canopy of aluminum-clad steel will be installed overhead to provide lighting and technology that support the main infrastructure of the pavilion.

Images courtesy OMA.

“The simple materiality of the pavilion is related to its direct surroundings, positioning the Queen Victoria Gardens itself – and the city of Melbourne—as a basis for activity and debate within the pavilion,” Gianotten said. “MPavilion is a project that hopes to provoke discussion around what architecture can do both globally and in an Australian context. We’re interested in treating this pavilion not just as an architectural object, but as something that injects intensity into a city and contributes to an ever-evolving culture.”