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Carme Pinós presents the 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne


This is the first time that a Spanish architect plays a leading role in one of the principal annual events on the Australian architectural scene: designing the MPavilion in Melbourne. This is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation which, since 2014 and inspired in London’s Serpentine Gallery, has the goal of promoting design and architecture in Australia. Each year, the foundation chooses a reputable architect to build a pavilion. Installed in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens, it hosts an ambitious cultural programme for a few months.

The architect chosen for this task in 2018 is the Barcelona native Carme Pinós, who is proposing a dual structure that even in formal terms embodies the idea of encounter and collaboration. Two large bodies of pleated surfaces clad in wooden slats shake hands in a visually recognisable gesture to create a space moving in the ambiguity of the transit between the closed and the open. As if the interior was born of the willingness to agree between external forces, a public plaza emerges under the fusion of two pergolas. A great steel girder seals the pact between them, and the three hillocks forming the topography adapt the terrain to situate the stands on them. The project’s landscaping vocation, in the design of Carme Pinós, thus obtains harmonious results.

Pinós’s is the fifth pavilion in a young but notable series that had previously involved the participation of Sean Godsell, Amanda Levet, Bijoy Jain and Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. The pavilion will remain in Melbourne from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019, a period during which it will host a comprehensive programme of activities associated with design, art, the spectacle and architecture revolving around a thematic axis entitled “Leadership and Women”.




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