MPavilion reveals 2018 design

MPavilion 2018 - Estudio Carme PinósThe fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has revealed the design for MPavilion 2018 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.

“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,” said Naomi Milgrom AO. “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.”

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 pavilions roof. An altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate seating, allowing a multitude of community-focused experiences: dynamic, spontaneous and collective.

“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, says Carme. “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.”

Carme’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. Carme will speak at the Living Cities Forum 2018 – Shaping Society on Thursday 26 July at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.

For the second year running, MPavilion is inviting the public to submit an expression of interest – an opportunity to become part of the season’s program from 8 October 2018. In its fifth year, 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 also welcome.

MPavilion 2018 runs 8 October to 3 February 2019. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Artist Impression of MPavilion 2018 by Estudio Carme Pinós (supplied)