The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has unveiled the inaugural MPavilion architectural commission in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Sean Godsell, the pavilion is a simple steel structure with a glazed roof and fully automated outer skin that provides shelter and filters the sun. “Its precedent can be seen on distant hills and far horizons in the Australian outback,” said Godsell.
Inspired by London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Naomi Milgrom AO, Chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, established MPavilion as a way of reinforcing Melbourne’s standing as a global leader in architecture and design. The Foundation will fund at least four annual pavilions which will be gifted to the City of Melbourne. “Through my foundation I want to initiate a truly inspirational design and architecture project for Melbourne with an enduring legacy,” said Ms Milgrom.
Explaining his design, Godsell said: “The design incorporates an innovative construction with wall and roof panels that open and close on pneumatic arms. This fully automated ‘outer skin’ means that the pavilion will ‘open’ each morning and ‘close’ at the end of the day in a number of different configurations.
“Its exterior is perforated aluminium that reflects light and animates the building. Conceived as architecture that ‘blooms like a flower ’each day and opens to its audience, it also has a mysterious box-like quality at night,” he added.
The inaugural MPavilion commission will be complemented by a public program consisting of talks, workshops, music events, film screenings, walking and bike tours, art interventions, and dance performances. The MPavilion and public program will be presented free to the public from presented free to the public from October 7, 2014 until February 1, 2015.
For more information visit the MPavilion website here.