Tadao Ando’s MPavilion 10 design appears as a safe haven in Australia
The Tadao Ando chassis designed for the MPavilion 10 has been unveiled
MPavilion, the flagship initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, unveils MPavilion 10, designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Tadao AndoIn Queen Victoria Gardens, Australia. The 10th edition of the initiative kicks off on November 16, 2023 and continues until March 28, 2024, and also marks Ando’s anniversary. First ever project in Australia– Which reflects his distinctive use of amazing geometric interventions in nature and his precise and reliable use of concrete. Located within Melbourne’s Cultural and Botanic Garden precinct, MPavilion 10 offers a pristine and unforgettable experience. building This is in dialogue with the garden setting. ‘I hope that as people visit, they allow this space into their hearts, and allow their senses to tune into the light and breeze that interact with them and this space. I wish them to experience harmony with nature, with themselves and with others,‘ Architect’s comments.
All images © John Gollings, courtesy MPavilion
A sanctuary-like pavilion filled with geometry and symmetry
Spatially pure MPavilion design by Tadao Ando (see more here) features a large canopy – a 14.4-metre-tall aluminum-covered disc resting on a central concrete column – and two facing squares that form entrances to its centre. Concrete walls of varying lengths partially enclose the space to create a peaceful haven reminiscent of a traditional Japanese walled garden. A long horizontal aperture (ca. 17m x 225m) running along the north and south walls provides views of Melbourne city center and parklands, connecting the city and the green spaces of Queen Victoria Gardens to the interior of MPavilion 10. Geometry and symmetry are enhanced by an interior arrangement that is half paved and half mirrored , reflecting the pavilion canopy, sky, city and surrounding nature.
An aerial view of the MPavilion 10 design by Tadao Ando
More about the 10th edition at Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne
MPavilion 10 is free and open to the public at Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne from 16 November 2023 to 28 March 2024. program More than 150 free events were organized with hundreds of collaborators on three themes. In November and December 2023, programming will consider memories of place, the connections between water, gardens and changing landscapes, and how we benefit from nurturing their presence and stories. In January and February 2024, the festival will honor crafts, supporting those who practice them and the artistry and dedication involved. The blank canvas will close in March 2024 for MPavilion 10, celebrating Ando’s design philosophy and sparking creativity through his simplicity, masterful concept of space and use of light, shadow and water.
It reflects the architect’s striking geometric style and his emphatic use of concrete
Two opposite squares create two entrances
An interior view of MPavilion 10’s sanctuary-like structure, which evokes a Japanese walled garden
Half paved, half reflecting pool interior arrangement