The Naomi Milgrom Foundation is delighted to reveal AL_A’s design for Melbourne’s 2015 MPavilion. The design is an enchanting, highly technical and weather-responsive forest canopy set among the trees and flowers of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.
The Pavilion will be built using the latest nautical-engineering technology, produced in collaboration with Australian manufacturers mouldCAM and builders Kane Constructions, as well as global engineering firm Arup.
Tall and slender carbon-fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind will support a roof of ultra-thin translucent ‘petals’ – each three to five metres wide yet only a few millimetres thick.
By day, sunlight will spot and speckle through the canopy; by night, LED lights positioned where the poles and petals meet will glow like halos, creating an ambient meeting place that’s ripe for conversations and explorations long after the sun sets.
“Our design subverts the norms of immovable. It embraces and amplifies such distinctions, so that it speaks in response to the weather and moves with the wind rather than trying to keep it at bay,” says award-winning British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A.
MPavilion will be opened on 5 October by Martin Roth, the director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Read more about MPavilion’s 2015 installation here.