An architectural wonder

Have you visited MPavilion yet?

MPavilion is a temporary pavilion located in Queen Victoria Gardens. The unique architecture commission was founded in 2014 by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation (with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government).

This year’s MPavilion was designed by AL_A, the studio of award-winning architect Amanda Levete. Ms Levete said their MPavilion was designed to create the sensation of a forest canopy. AL_A used the latest technology in nautical engineering to achieve this effect.

“By exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form, our design subverts the norms of immovable,” Levete said.

“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.”

MPavilion is also a central hub and meeting place for free events. There are numerous events taking place throughout November and here is a list of what’s on at lunchtime.

A great place to start is the MPavilion Walk. Architecture fans are invited to walk between the 2014 MPavilion (designed by Sean Godsell and located at the Hellenic Museum, William St) and the MPavilion 2015. The Hellenic Museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am-4pm.

If you’re feeling a bit peckish, you can sample a variety of food and drinks at The Kiosk. There are specially designed picnic kits for lunch, first-class coffee and a mix of drinks at after-hours events. The Kiosk is at MPavilion.

There is also an assortment of events on. Catie Gett (naturopath and owner of wholefoods emporium The Staple Store) is hosting a tea meet on Thursday, November 5 at 1pm. She will offer tips on how to craft your own signature blends and brew up her own selection of teas.

Belinda Evans (from the online store and label Alchemy) is offering a lesson on how to make your own smudge stick. This event is at 1pm-2pm on Thursday, November 12.

The School of Life is presenting The Wisdom of Poetry on Wednesday, November 18 from 1pm-2pm. Robert Wood will use interactive exercises to explore how key thinkers have shaped the world of poetry.

For more information about what’s on in November at MPavilion, head to

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