MPavilion 2015

Structural Designer

Arup|ShapeShift.Tech

Client Name

Naomi Milgrom Foundation

Location

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 

Amanda Levete Architects

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Arup

FABRICATION AND FINAL DESIGN

ShapeShift Design Technologies 

CONTRACT BUILDER 

KANE Constructions 

OWNER

MPavilion 

Images: © John Gollings

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2014, ‘MPavilion’ is a unique annual architecture and design event which commissions a design for a temporary pavilion for Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct.

The 2015 MPavilion featured three and five metre diameter composite laminate petals, with integrated LED strip lighting and in-built amplifiers, supported by slender carbon fibre columns. The structure was designed to gently sway under wind loads, creating a forest canopy effect.

Judge's comment:

Mpavilion has used modern, high strength materials to create an unbelievable transparency and lightness of being. The judges were impressed by the rigorous materials research that underpinned this adventurous structure.