Since 2014, the Queen Victoria Gardens has been the home to the temporary architectural structure MPavilion and an extensive cultural program every spring. And it has just been announced what this year's eye-catching structure will be: a floating geometric building, combining architecture and urbanism, designed by Spanish architect Carme Pinós, of Estudio Carme Pinós. It will be open to the public between October 2018 and February 2019.
Featuring sharp floating planes in a carefully considered geometric configuration, the structure has two timber latticeworks that intersect to form the pavilion's roof. The surrounding landscape has been altered to form three large grassy mounds that offer seating, and enclose the event space where MPavilion's huge community-focused cultural program will be presented.
Discussing the inspiration behind her design, Pinós says, "Whenever I can, I design places where movements and routes intersect and exchange, spaces where people identify as part of a community, but also feel they belong to universality."
Pinós's design will host this year's program running from October 8 to February 3, 2019. With more than 400 free events, talks, workshops, performances, and installations, the program will features themes of building communities, women in leadership and inclusive cities, plus the exploration of visual languages like fashion and architecture, regional contexts, and landscape and nature.
Pinós has played a significant role in the rise of contemporary Spanish architecture, producing progressive projects throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Renowned for architecture that displays a strong commitment to a site's local or regional identity, her work ranges from large urban developments to social housing, public works and furniture design.
Carme Pinós's MPavilion will be open to the public between October 8, 2018, and February 3, 2019, inside Melbourne's Queen Victoria gardens. For more info, visit mpavilion.org.