Renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain has been commissioned to design the third annual MPavilion at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

Jain (of Studio Mumbai) is known for his sustainable designs, including projects ‘copper house II’, ‘palmyra house’, ‘ahmedabad house’ and ‘saat rasta’.

“I want MPavilion 2016 to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures,” Jain says of his task ahead.

“I see it as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world – and of oneself,” he says.

Supported by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, MPavilion is an annual architecture commission and design event which was initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014.

MPavilion is described as an event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, bringing creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops and performances.

Last year’s MPavilion was designed by UK architect Amanda Levete, welcoming more than 76,000 visitors attending 419 free events throughout 2015.

MPavilion 2016 will be presented from 5 October 2016 until 5 February 2017.

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