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.