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The MPavilion is a new civic space located in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, that brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month-long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations and more.

This year’s edition features architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of design firm OMA, who have implemented an amphitheater featuring a moveable grandstand spanned by a “floating” roof.

Utilizing ancient amphitheaters as the source of their inspiration, the space can be tweaked to offer multiple configurations for a variety program of activities.

A two-meter thick rectangular roof incorporating a grid system extends from an elevated mound of planting to shelter the seating and performance space within the 19-by-19 meter structure.

Furthermore, the translucent ceiling of the pavilion is enhanced at night thanks to the application of colored strip lights devised by Ben Cobham of Melbourne-based studio Bluebottle and with music by Australian musician, composer and sound designer, Philip Brophy.

This design consists as the firm’s first major project in Australia and after the completing the duration of its time in Queen Victoria Gardens, the pavilion will be moved to a permanent site in Melbourne’s central business district.

If you’re in the area, you can view this installation at the MPavilion starting Tuesday, October 3 until February 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd.
Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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