Amanda Levete’s ‘Serpentine Pavilion-inspired’ MPavilion has opening in Melbourne, Australia
The architect and AL_A founder’s designs use materials and technology developed for the aerospace industry to create a canopy of ‘petals’.
Each petal is just a few millimetres thick and the ultra-lightweight canopy sits above a ‘forest’ of four metre-tall columns.
The five metre-wide petals are fitted with LED lights that are activated at sunset to give a light performance synchronised with music.
Levete, commented: ‘Our pavilion is a celebration of those natural shelters where we come together and we have achieved an exceptionally light, open structure that sits gently on the land and allows the light, the wind, and sometimes the rain, to form part of the show. It is designed to provide a contemplative, personal experience as well as a place to congregate.
She added: ‘Composite technology has revolutionised engineering industries such as aerospace and has the potential to do the same for construction. The use of composites enables structures of unprecedented lightness combined with great strength and the potential applications in architecture are tantalisingly unexplored.
‘Composites are particularly exciting for AL_A because the sector is propelled by research into new techniques and processes that in turn give rise to new formal and expressive possibilities for us to discover.’
The pavilion is the second in a series of temporary pavilions commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation that exists to initiate and support public design and architecture projects.
The programme of pavilions in for Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens 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’s pavilion will be in place for four months until 7 February 2016 and will host a series of events and talks.