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Amanda Levete to design Melbourne Pavilion

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Amanda Levete has been named as the next designer of the ‘Serpentine Pavilion-inspired’ MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia

The architect and AL_A founder has been commissioned to complete the second in a series of temporary pavilions for Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.

The programme of pavilions was inspired by London’s Serpentine Pavilion. It was initially confirmed for three years and the first pavilion was designed by Melbourne-based architect Sean Godsell.

Levete said: ‘I’m interested in exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form to produce a design that speaks in response to the weather. Rooting the pavilion in its parkland setting, I am seeking to create the sensation of a forest canopy in the heart of the city that gives shelter to a program of events.

‘One of the things about the Melbourne climate which I’ve certainly experienced is four seasons in one day, and we want to somehow to respond to that. Our pavilion doesn’t have walls.We use the canopy to filter out the harshest summer sun, and we want to add the noise of wind as it passes through the canopy.’

She added: ‘We have a long history of working with boat builders and Australia has some of the finest. We’re working with a yacht fabricator to employ the boundary-pushing technology of composite materials to create the canopy.’

MPavilion is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation that exists to initiate and support public design and architecture projects.

Naomi Milgrom, MPavilion founder, commented: ‘I have long admired the work of Amanda Levete and am proud she will design the 2015 MPavilion. I first noticed Amanda’s work in the retail environment and was deeply impressed by her radical response to the department store model with the extraordinary Selfridges store in Birmingham in 2003.

‘I met Amanda in 2009 when she was a guest of the Melbourne Fashion Festival and have watched her practice grow and take on ever more ambitious projects that explore new materials, new techniques and new ways to approach architecture. I share her desire to ignite cultural impact and urban renewal through architecture.’

Levete’s pavilion will be in place for four months and will host a series of events and talks. It is set to open to the public on 5 October 2016.

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