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Levete unveils designs for Melbourne’s MPavilion

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Amanda Levete has revealed her plans for the ‘Serpentine Pavilion-inspired’ MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia

The architect and AL_A founder’s designs use nautical engineering technology to create the impression of a forest canopy.

Describing the design, Levete said: ‘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.’

The pavilion will be 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 and will host a series of events and talks. It is set to open to the public on 5 October 2015.

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