MPavilion, Australia’s Leading Architecture and Design Event Announces a Program

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation announced the MPavilion Program. It offers over 250 events free of charge over a period of 152 days. This is the longest time it has been offered. The event is now in its eighth season and welcomes design lovers from Australia and around the world to celebrate the contributions of the design community towards cultural landscapes. The pavilion this year, titled “The LightCatcher”, was designed by Venice-based MAP Studio and will be placed in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens

Skywhalepapa. Image © Patricia Piccinini

MPavilion is committed to supporting Melbourne’s creative community as it recovers from a long-running pandemic. It also hopes to revitalize the city’s cultural activities. Each month will be devoted to a different theme. These include: Island Life (November), That which Makes Things Visible in December), Vacation, Location and Staycation in January), Rituals (February), Design as a Human Right, March, and The Reality of This Time (April).

© Anthony Richardson

Over 500 guests from around the world will attend this event. It will also feature talks and events with renowned international designers and architects like Traudy Pelzel, Francesco Magnani, Peter Maddison and Space Saloon. Other speakers include Traudy Petzel, Traudy Pezel, Traudy, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid Architects. There will be musical performances, workshops and celebrations at the event.

MProjects is a series that features unique creations and residencies. This year’s MProjects will include an inaugural launch by Skywhalepapa by Australia’s renowned visual artists Patricia Piccinini and Secretary Project. Secretary Project will also be hosting BLAKitecture Manifesto, a three day forum on Indigenous architecture. MMets–The Salon Designing the Self will host a series events covering all aspects of the salon.

Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pezel, of MAP studio designed the Lightcatcher. It responds to the location and is a significant pathway that “repromotes” creativity as well as cultural life in the City. It is a mirrored, kaleidoscopic cube that rests on four concrete columns in a U-shaped shape. It was designed as an urban lighthouse with angled mirror panels that act as a “container of ideas” to reflect and amplify both the cultural activity and people taking place in MPavilion and the Queen Victoria Gardens em.

Naomi Milgrom AC, the founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the commissioner for the installation, said that she was “incredibly proud” of her partnership with MAP studio. It is testament to both the extraordinary minds behind the design as well as the teams that built it. Delivering “The Lightcatcher” under such difficult global circumstances is an example of the teamwork and dedication required. The MPavilion’s inspirational design is set to revitalize our city, as it hosts hundreds of architects, designers, and performances that will create and work underneath.

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