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Exterior view of MPavilion 10, 2024 by Tadao Ando. Photo by Rory Gardiner, courtesy of MPavilion.

MPavilion 10

31 Mar 2024
MPavilion 16 Nov - 1 Apr 2024

It’s been almost a decade since the first MPavilion—Sean Godsell’s unfolding steel shed—opened in Queen Victoria Gardens in Naarm (Melbourne) on the unceded lands of the Bunurong, Boonwurrung, and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation. As the program’s tenth season wraps up this week, and with speculation growing over the future of Tadao Ando’s interlocking concrete forms, there’s an opportunity to reflect on the architecture of MPavilion as a recurring project.

An annual architectural commission for a meeting and event space, MPavilion was established by Naomi Milgrom and The Naomi Milgrom Foundation with additional funding from the City of Melbourne and support from a range of project partners. The initiative, which opened across the road from the NGV International a year after Milgrom’s departure from its Board of Trustees, is more-or-less a direct uptake of the Serpentine Pavilion format for London’s Hyde Park. Nine structures have appeared on the site so far, with each remaining open for around four or five months across the city’s warmer months before being permanently relocated to other sites across the city.

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