MPavilion is Australia’s leading architectural commission and design event, created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Annually, a pavilion is designed and erected in Melbourne that hosts hundreds of free talks, performances, workshops and installations. MPavilion 2022 was designed by all(zone), a female-led, Bangkok-based architecture studio led by Rachaporn Choochuey.
The brief for MPavilion 2022 was to create an architectural space that actively engages with the urban landscape and incorporates the highest level of design thinking and experimentation. Receiving hundreds of visitors daily, the MPavilion 2022 needed to be open and accessible to all. Versatility was also paramount to cater to the varied events that would take place throughout the five-month festival. Furthermore, there needed to be a practical space for hospitality and AV equipment. Finally, the structure had to be entirely dismountable and transportable to enable relocation to a permanent home at the end of the season.
all(zone) responded to the brief by creating a peaceful and joyful shelter that naturally encourages communal gathering. Realised as an innovative three-layered fabric-based canopy that explores the potential of tensile architecture, and is open on all sides, MPavilion 2022 stands out in its surroundings as an architectural feat welcoming intentional and incidental visitors alike. Despite MPavilion 2022’s lightness and ephemeral quality, it has been ingeniously engineered for longevity. By employing light-weight materials and a modular structural framework, it can be easily disassembled and moved to its new home, to continue to be enjoyed by the community.
all(zone)’s pavilion extends its influence far beyond sustainable design and aesthetics. The MPavilion 2022 commission and program brings exceptional design and architecture to all Australians, in a free and accessible manner, promoting deeper public engagement with the urgent social and environmental issues of today. all(zone) have created an inspiring and inviting space that not only embraces and celebrates architectural innovation but also strives to progress it within the community, significantly contributing to Melbourne's creative and cultural economy.
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation champions art, design and architecture to improve Australian lives. The ambition of the MPavilion project, specifically, is to bring exceptional design and architecture to all Australians, in a free and accessible manner, promoting deeper public engagement with urgent design, planning and environmental issues.
Through an open call for expressions of interest, MPavilion engages organisations and individuals from all identities, environments and experiences, in particular prioritising First Nations voices, and provides the infrastructure and event management to support collaborators in creating the ambitious and varied array of programming.
all(zone)’s pavilion has been the platform for MPavilion’s most ambitious season to date. Over the course of its 5-month program it has welcomed over 350,000 visitors to 350 free events including talks, workshops, installations, music performances and kid-friendly experiences. MPavilion 2022 has also provided design education programs to 661 students from 18 schools and 3 universities. In order to create these events, MPavilion has engaged with over 600 collaborators, including cultural institutions, architects, artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, scientists, designers and more.