MPavilion is an ongoing series of architecture commissions initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and supported by the City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria and ANZ. Since 2014, the foundation has been commissioning an accomplished architect each year to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct.

The MPavilion provides an open, inclusive space for a range of public recreational activities, encouraging community engagement, interaction and participation through cultural events, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences.

The 2019 MPavilion designed by renowned Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt reflects his style of thoughtful architecture that responds directly to its site and climatic conditions. The pavilion utilises an open, linear plan with slender round columns supporting a buoyant, tensile roof.

Reinforced concrete paving from Anston Architectural Products in Ironstone Range Bone was selected for the flooring of the pavilion. The specified colour, Bone blends in with the overall white aesthetic, with the paving providing subtle design complexity via an exposed quartz and stone finish.

Recognised widely in the global architecture community for creativity and innovation, Murcutt’s MPavilion was awarded a bronze medal in the ‘Small Spaces’ category of the 2020 World Architecture News Awards.

Photographer: Melody Ong