MPavilion is a 12m x12m temporary pavilion in the Queen Victoria gardens. It is the first in a series of annual architectural commissions by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. The pavilion hosts a program of cultural events and activities and is open free to the general public. After four months the pavilion is dismantled and relocated to its permanent home after being gifted to the City of Melbourne.
The purpose of the pavilion is to make a place over the summer months for recitals, presentations, lectures, readings and performances in a well designed and nurturing shelter. The hay sheds and barns, shearers' sheds and verandahs of the outback are Australia's meeting rooms and community centers. We congregate in these rudimentary structures and host weddings, balls, meetings about impending drought or inevitable fire. They are potent places. The MPavilion is a steel structure with glazed roof and fully automated outer skin. It provides shade and shelter and filters the harsh sun. Its precedent can be seen on distant hills and far horizons in the Australian outback.
The need to secure the building at night informed the decision to incorporate an operable facade that can be controlled remotely. This also resulted in the animation of the facade - different configurations are available for different needs. By extending this idea to the roof plane light and shade are also able to be modulated.
The entire building is recyclable - it is designed and detailed to be relocated. The floor is reclaimed from an old farm building. Excavated soil was retained on site and used to construct two new grassy mounds to the north of the pavilion. The mounds enhance place making and provide a place to play, lounge and gather adjacent to the MPavilion.