British architect Amanda Levete of studio AL_A has been announced as the creative mind behind the 2015 MPavilion, with her design of a forest canopy to be opened by Victoria and Albert Museum director Martin Roth later this year. The brainchild of arts philanthropist Naomi Milgrom, MPavilion is a unique architecture commission for Melbourne, with the structure taking shape each year in the Queen Victoria Gardens and playing home to a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations during the spring and summer months.
“Our MPavilion is designed to create the sensation of a forest canopy, made up of seemingly fragile, translucent petals supported by impossibly slender columns that sway gently in the breeze,” explains Ms Levete. In an extraordinary engineering feet, AL_A has worked with Australian specialist mouldCAM to use new technology of composite materials to form the petals, each of them five metres in diameter and yet no more than a few millimetres thick. By night, the petals will omit a halo-like effect with the use an LED strip forming the capital to the column. As Ms Milgrom says, “with a focus on exploration of hi-tech techniques and new technology, the result is inventive, risk-taking and experimental – encouraging design debate and cultural exchange.”
The 2nd annual MPavilion will be on display from 05 October 2015 – 07 February 2016 in Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne.