Keep cool under the MPavilion this summer

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Published:  October 13, 2015
Eloise Mahoney

Melbournians, we have found your cool summer hangout spot. It’s under the MPavilion, a unique architecture and design space, that will house more than 200 free events over the upcoming spring and summer season. The MPavilion commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and designed by British architect Amanda Levete from AL_A studio was unveiled last week in-conjunction with the Melbourne Festival. You can explore the ‘forest canopy’ pavilion nestled amongst the lush green Queen Victoria Gardens until 7 February.
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In its second year, the MPavilion 2015 is an exciting edition to Melbourne’s design community that provides a calm escape from the surrounding city skyscrapers. Designed to be a place of congregation and self-contemplation, the MPavilion hosts a range of events including workshops, talks, performances and brings together two of Melbourne’s favourite things; design and summer (and sometimes, coffee!)

The clever team at AL_A created the spectacular garden canopy using wide translucent ‘petals’ made from ultra-light weight carbon fibre. Innovative and energy efficient, the pavilion is weather responsive with the petals diffusing rays of sunlight during the day and are fitted with LED lights that are activated at sunset to give a vibrant light performance synchronised with music. The team at AL_A understand Melbourne’s unpredictable weather forecasts, as well as the city’s culture for good architecture, design and summer lovin’. Pack a picnic, keep cool and meet under the MPavilion.

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Images copyright to John Gollings

Visit MPavilion for the event program.

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