Tadao Ando’s MPavilion captured by Rory Gardiner in Melbourne

Tadao Ando’s MPavilion captured by Rory Gardiner in Melbourne

Following its unveiling in Australia last week, photographer Rory Gardiner captured images of this year’s MPavilion, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.

Defined by Ando’s signature use of exposed concrete, it is the tenth edition of the MPavilion installed each year in Melbourne.

Rory Gardiner photographed this year’s MPavilion

Gardiner’s photographs capture the geometric design of the structure, surrounded by two concrete walls, as well as some of the first people to interact with it in Queen Victoria Gardens.

The roof of the giant disc-shaped pavilion can also be seen, supported by a large concrete column and covered in aluminium.

The structure was designed by Tadao Ando

This year’s MPavilion was designed by Ando to provide a space for contemplation of the surrounding gardens.

It is the Japanese architect’s first project ever in Australia.

It is defined by Ando’s distinctive use of concrete

“The design of the MPavilion began with the desire to find a scene of eternity within an oasis in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Gardens,” Ando said when it was unveiled last week.

“To reflect the dynamic nature of the site, like a blank canvas, I imagined an architecture of emptiness.”

The building plan consists of two facing squares leading to two entrances on opposite sides. Half of the interior is paved, while the other side is occupied by a reflecting pool.

Its walls are perforated by two 17-metre-long slits, which were cut to visually connect the pavilion to the park and the skyline.

The reflecting pool occupies half of the interior space

“Pure geometry defines the composition of this design,” Ando added. “The ancient Egyptians used basic geometry to create organized spaces and structures in the natural world.”

He continued: “Geometry formed the basis of philosophical study in ancient Greece. It is an expression of the human mind and the pursuit of ethereal space.”

It is partially protected by a disc-shaped canopy

The pavilion will now be used for the five-month MPavilion series of events.

Last year’s MPavilion was a bright orange fabric structure designed by Bangkok-based studio All(zone). Previous versions were designed by architects including OMA and Amanda Levitt.

MPavilion takes place from November 16 to March 28, 2024. Check out Dezeen’s events guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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