Tadao Ando, recipient of the Pritzker Prize, has just presented his design for the 10th MPavilion which will find its home in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens, Australia. Ando's unique style intertwines strong geometric shapes and the use of materials like concrete and aluminium at the pavilion. A 14.4-meter aluminium disc adorns the top of this stunning structure, adding a decorative touch. Read more about the project below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
Ando has recruited Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects in Australia to design MPavilion 10, following their work on the first pavilion in 2014. The unveiling of the pavilion will signify the commencement of a five-month festival of free programming in parks towards investigating Ando's architectural philosophies and worldwide design controversies.
Purpose of this pavillion
This pavilion is meant to be an opportunity for people to come together in a tranquil atmosphere, perfectly encased by lush botanical elements.
Ando said: "MPavilion 10 is designed to encourage encounters between people, the natural world, and endless dialogue."
The structural design of the cultural centre is quite remarkable, with long walls crowned by a 14.4-meter aluminium-clad disc, set atop a central concrete pillar.
Visitors can enjoy an unobstructed view of the surrounding parklands and distant glimpses of downtown Melbourne through its extended north and south wall openings. Aluminium has clearly been a crucial part of this architectural masterpiece.
When finished, the architecture of the MPavilion will embody Ando's emblematic style of employing geometric concrete forms. Its design - in two adjoining parallelograms - will create a dual entrance.
"The design began with a desire to create a sense of eternity within Melbourne's garden oasis," commented Tadao Ando.
Naomi Milgrom, the commissioner of MPavilion, spoke highly of Tadao Ando's architecture, describing it as something that radically impacts our view of the world. She further expressed her enthusiasm for a structure which encourages the public to interact and come together; adding that Australians can appreciate the genius of his design in this special place dedicated to dialogue, ideas and contemplation.
The Beginning of the five-month design festival
The completion of MPavilion 10 this summer will mark the beginning of a five-month design festival at Queen Victoria Gardens and the 10th edition of the MPavilion festival.
Come summer, the MPavilion 10 is set to be finished and with it will come a five-month-long design festival held at Queen Victoria Gardens. It's also notable as the 10th edition of the MPavilion festival.
The festival was established by Milgrom under the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014. It has seen architectures from Bangkok, All(zone) and Australia's Glenn
At the close of each season, the MPavilion will be transported to a new home within the urban area.
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