Renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai has been commissioned to design MPavilion for 2016. Now in its third year, MPavilion is a space in which creative collaborators come together for a series of talks, performances, workshops and installations from October to February.

Jain describes his creative process in designing MPavilion as influenced by the concept of ‘lore’ – that is, a body of knowledge typically passed on via word of mouth. His designs see his interest in the act of making also being tied in with cultural and human connectedness. The structure of MPavilion will explore notions of building at its most basic: bamboo, stone, earth and rope will be used as well as handmade architecture.

MPavilion 2016 will be 12 metres high. Intended to encapsulate the Australian landscape, it will feature bamboo with a roof encased in red earth mud, atop this is a tower similar to a ‘tazia’ used in Indian ceremonies. The structure reflects Bijoy’s interest in the earth, sky and shared gravity that connects all humans.

Naomi Milgrom AO, MPavilion founder said: “Bijoy Jain’s practice is unique in that it focuses on honouring age-old crafts and building-techniques, which resonate strongly in this technologized world. As an architect, Bijoy thinks like an artist. His buildings are realised around a central idea, and are then fleshed out through an extensive process of collaboration, and always, careful consideration of the surrounding environment.”

Bijoy Jain adds, “I’m honoured to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement—a space to discover the essentials of the world and of one’s self.”


October 5th 2016 – February 18th 2016

Entry to all events is free.

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