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The latest major temporary pavilion commissioned by Naomi Milgrom and designed by architect Sean Godsell, the MPavilion, was unveiled earlier today in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.
The inaugural MPavilion is the first in a new series of annual architecture commissions and design events initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which will be presented free to the public. It will act as a hub for an energetic program of events designed to inspire architectural thought.
Highlights of the program, which will run from October 2014 to February 2015, include talks by prominent guest speakers, interactive workshops, architecture film screenings, walking and bike tours, creative performances, and live dance, music and art installations tailored to the transient nature of the MPavilion.
The official opening of MPavilion was commemorated with a special composition by Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta Yorta soprano, educator and Artistic Director of Australia’s national Indigenous company Short Black Opera. The new song titled “Long Journey Boon Wurrung” was composed in Boon Wurrung language in consultation with elder, Aunty Carolyne. The song was performed by the Dhungala Children’s Choir from regional Victoria.
“The MPavilion is a simple steel structure with glazed roof and fully automated outer skin,” said Godsell, who recently won the National Award for Public Architecture at the AIA Awards 2014 for his design of Melbourne’s RMIT Design Hub. “It provides shade and shelter and filters the sun. Its precedent can be seen on distant hills and far horizons in the Australian outback.”
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