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MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

Australia Architecture News - Oct 05, 2015 - 17:48   9121 views

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

above image © Kane Jarrod

all images © John Gollings 

renderings © AL_A

Naomi Milgrom: https://youtu.be/tYxLH3CNB2Y

Martin Roth: https://youtu.be/BiDONgz5i4E 

5 October 2015 - 7 February 2016 

The renders for MPavilion 2015 designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning British architect Amanda Levete, were revealed. Featuring the latest technology in nautical engineering the MPavilion creates the sensation of a forest canopy in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. It was also announced that Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London opened MPavilion on 5 October 2015. AL_A worked with Australian specialist in collaboration with mouldCAM.

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete. image © Peter Guenzel

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

image © Kane Jarrod

Amanda Levete commented on her vision for the design: “Our MPavilion 2015 is designed to create the sensation of a forest canopy, made up of seemingly fragile, translucent petals supported by impossibly slender columns that sway gently in the breeze. Under the canopy the light will be dappled and dreamy. We’re working with Australian specialist mouldCAM to use boundary-pushing technology of composite materials to form petals that are five metres in diameter but only a few millimetres thick.” 

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

Naomi Milgrom, Chair of Naomi Milgrom Foundation who commissioned Amanda Levete to design the pavilion commented: “With MPavilion this year we supported a meaningful Australian-British collaboration and therefore delighted that Martin Roth will be officially opening MPavilion 2015. The design is the product of Anglo- Australian innovation led by AL_A, and a partnership between the global engineering firm Arup, Australian design, engineering and manufacturing company mouldCAM and building company Kane Construction. With a focus on exploration of hi-tech techniques and new technology, the result is inventive, risk taking and experimental - encouraging design debate and cultural exchange. Architecture is about experience and ultimately enhancing people’s lives – MPavilion 2015 offers people a meeting place for ideas.“ 

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

Elaborating on the design of MPavilion’s ‘forest canopy’ Levete said: “By exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form, our design subverts the norms of immovable. It embraces and amplifies such distinctions, so that it speaks in response to the weather, and moves with the wind rather than trying to keep it at bay,” added Levete. 

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

Martin Roth who is working with AL_A on a highly anticipated new entrance, courtyard and major exhibition space for the V&A commented: “I’m thrilled to be officially opening MPavilion 2015. Amanda Levete has a great deal of curiosity for new material and new design – it’s about the design of a building however it’s also about the details, the floor, the wall, the light that comes into the building. It’s the detail in the end that creates the quality of an entire space.” 

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

The MPavilion 2015 employs hi-tech nautical engineering to create a series of three- and five-meter wide petals –made out of ultra-thin translucent composite and carbon fiber. The design was developed in collaboration with Australian specialist mouldCAM. At night MPavilion will have a glowing aura and extraordinary sculptural presence in Queen Victoria Gardens. The slender carbon fiber columns conceal the wiring of lights and speakers.

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

A halo-like effect is created by a LED strip forming the capital to the column, while using the latest technology turns the petals into amplifiers. Inside MPavilion, the performance space is oriented to provide a backdrop of Melbourne’s skyline to the north or the delicately layered tree line to the east. 

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Reveals Forest Canopy Design by Amanda Levete

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