blurring the lines between inside and outside and between audience and performer

June 2017
The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released OMA’s design for the MPavilion 2017. Led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, the design sees a temporary structure that, along with providing space for public debate, design workshops, music and arts events, is itself built to perform.
Taking its cues from the ancient amphitheatre, this year’s pavilion blurs the lines between inside and outside and between audience and performer. With both static and dynamic elements, the pavilion allows for multiple configurations that can generate unexpected programming, creating a flexible civic space that can function as a stage, auditorium or even playground.
MPavilion 2017 is comprised of a circular amphitheatre embraced by a hill of indigenous plants and covered by a huge floating roof structure. The pavilion is shaped by two tiered grandstands: one fixed, the other movable. The rotating grandstand allows interaction from all angles and for the pavilion to open up to the garden and broader cityscape. Overhead, a two-metre-deep gridded, machine-like canopy with a protective translucent roof will provide lighting and technology for the series of free public events.
With MPavilion, OMA continues its design of temporary structures, which includes the Serpetine Gallery Pavilion (London, 2006) and the Prada Transformer (Seoul, 2007). The pavilion is OMA’s first realized building in Australia. Located in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, MPavilion 2017 will open from October 3, 2017 until February 4, 2018.
all images courtesy of OMA