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UK Architect to Design Second Australian Pavilion

It has been confirmed the second annual MPavilion in Melbourne will be designed by award-winning UK architect Amanda Levete of AL_A.

The inaugural MPavilion, which was designed by celebrated Australian architect Sean Godsell, met with such success that a second commission was set up for 2015. The second pavilion, which will stand in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, will be accessible to the public October 6, 2015 until February 7, 2016. There will also be a four-month-long program of free events at the pavilion.

AL_A was established by Amanda Levete in 2009. It grew out of Future Systems, a firm that has been widely recognised for setting the groundwork for modern architectural vision. Levete was credited with making the company’s organic designs marketable. Past projects include the Selfridge’s in Birmingham and the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which received the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize. In 2011 AL_A won a contest to design the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new entrance and extension.

Levete is presently a trustee of The Arts Foundation, Artangel, and The Young Foundation.

Naomi Milgrom, AO, who founded the MPavilion series, said that she is a longtime admirer of Amanda Levete’s work and is pleased that the British architect will be designing the 2015 MPavilion.

Ms Milgrom said that she met Levete in 2009, when the latter was a guest of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Since then, she has watched AL_A grow and take on increasingly ambitious assignments that involve new techniques, new materials, and different approaches to architecture.

Amanda Levete said that the Naomi Milgrom Foundation brief is a great opportunity to conceive and design a building that fits naturally into its landscape and the surrounding climate.

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She said that she intends to explore the pavilion form’s temporary nature to create a design that responds to the weather and creates the feeling of being under a forest canopy in the heart of Melbourne.

Ms. Levete explained that there is a long history of cooperating with boat manufacturers, and some of the best are available in Australia. She confirmed that AL_A is working with a yacht builder to create the pavilion canopy using composite materials.

The annual MPavilion architecture commission and design event, which was inspired by the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, was established to fortify Melbourne’s position as an international trendsetter in architecture and design. At least four annual pavilions will be funded by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and presented to the City of Melbourne.

The inaugural pavilion, which was designed by Sean Godsell, has been gifted to the city and will be moved to a new permanent location in the Hellenic Museum Gardens in Melbourne’s CBD.


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