July 2, 2018 - Naomi Milgrom Foundation - Carme Pinós releases MPavilion 2018 design
e-flux Architecture
July 2, 2018
July 2, 2018

Naomi Milgrom Foundation

MPavilion 2018 by Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós.

Carme Pinós releases MPavilion 2018 design
October 8, 2018–February 3, 2019

Queen Victoria Gardens


The Naomi Milgrom Foundation today released the design for MPavilion 2018, the fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós. The sharp design reveals an open civic space that invites interaction as well as a discourse between people, design, nature and the city. Celebrating Carme’s design philosophy, which advocates building communities, inclusivity and universal connection, the pavilion will be a sensorial summer experience built in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Carme’s sculptural design incorporates floating planes resting at angles on elevated points within the park, connecting the MPavilion to the city. The structure’s interconnected shapes bring to mind folded materials like origami. Dissolving the lines between architecture and urbanism, an ease of relationships is suggested—material, environmental and human. 

Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which commissions each year’s MPavilion, said: “Carme Pinós’s philosophy of community closely aligns with MPavilion’s own mission to facilitate meaningful dialogue about the role of design and architecture, and what it means to foster socially inclusive cities in the context of design and the built environment. I’m excited to see Carme’s MPavilion come to life, and to also see the new collaborations and discussions that unfold through her vision.”

Commenting on her MPavilion design, Carme Pinós, founder of Estudio Carme Pinós, said: “MPavilion 2018 is a place for people to experience with all their senses—to establish a relationship with nature, but also a space for social activities and connections. Whenever I can, I design places where movements and routes intersect and exchange, spaces where people identify as part of a community, but also feel they belong to universality.”

The design for MPavilion 2018 is an open geometric configuration assembled in two distinct halves supported by a central steel portal frame. Two surfaces of timber latticework intersect with each other to form the pavilion’s roof. An altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate seating, allowing a multitude of community-focused experiences: dynamic, spontaneous and collective.    

Pinós’s design has inspired MPavilion’s program themes which include: building communities, fostering inclusive cities, women in leadership, visual languages: fashion and architecture, regional contexts, and landscape and nature.

MPavilion is supported by major partners City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, and ANZ.


Call for public expressions of interest
For the second year running, MPavilion is inviting the public to submit expressions of interest—an opportunity to become part of the season’s program, happening between October 8, 2018 and February 3, 2019. MPavilion will host over 400 free events, talks, workshops, performances, installations and more, with an increased number developed from public proposals in line with MPavilion’s intention as a civic space and cultural laboratory. 

Anyone can apply. MPavilion will look favourably on submissions that interact with the interests and philosophies of MPavilion 2018 architect Carme Pinós, as well as submissions from applicants working, studying or practicing in the realm of design and the built environment. This includes (but is not limited to) the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, fashion, textiles, urban design, urban planning, urban and cultural heritage, design theory & criticism, graphic design, furniture design and industrial design.

Proposals from dance, music, theatre and performing arts practitioners and community groups are welcome.

For submission guidelines and forms, please visit www.mpavilion.org/program.


About Naomi Milgrom Foundation
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation was founded in 2014, and its purpose is to enrich Australian cultural life by engaging new audiences with art, design and architecture.  The Foundation, led by Naomi Milgrom AO, has become a model for public-private collaboration by enabling new projects with a focus on public, industry and education components. 

A not-for-profit organisation, the Foundation champions multidisciplinary projects that explore design’s close interconnections with contemporary culture. The MPavilion series is the Foundation’s centrepiece project, encouraging design debate and cultural exchange, and has become Australia’s leading architecture commission.

Contact: media [​at​] mpavilion.org

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