Glenn Murcutt AO’s MPavilion 2019 gifted to The University of Melbourne

Glenn Murcutt AO's 2019 MPavilion. Photo by Rory Gardiner

It’s with great pride that we announce the gifting of Glenn Murcutt AO’s 2019 MPavilion to The University of Melbourne, after hosting the biggest season so far in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

“In commissioning the 2019 MPavilion, Naomi Milgrom was very open to a broad range of possibilities when she engaged me as the architect. One specific requirement was that the assembly of the pavilion should be ordered so that it could be easily disassembled and reassembled when relocated to its new site. The 2019 MPavilion is a structure that represents a way of thinking in a career spanning 50 years as a single person in practice, where I’ve pursued the clarification of the essential, integrating structure, especially the assembly of elements, simplicity – being the other face of complexity – appropriate response to climate, prospect and refuge; and a client’s programme, amongst many other issues. I’m delighted with the gifting of the MPavilion to The University of Melbourne, the building will continue its journey within the campus, engaging students for years to come.”

– Pritzker Prize Laureate, Glenn Murcutt AO.

“Glenn Murcutt’s MPavilion 2019 defines the Australian characteristics we’ve all come to love about his buildings, and provokes a conversation about how Australian design can lead a growing international dialogue about the future of cities. I am extremely pleased that it will carry on inspiring our students and the people of Victoria. The relocation to The University of Melbourne ensures it will continue to be a cultural laboratory, where ideas about design and architecture are nurtured and shared for years to come.”

– Naomi Milgrom, AO.

The announcement comes as we also reveal the new shape that MPavilion is set to take for our 2020 season, in direct response to the changing needs of our community. In a time where artists and designers need amplified support, MPavilion will be delivering an expanded program across our six existing pavilions, at each of their iconic locationsincluding Glenn Murcutt AO’s pavilion at The University of Melbourne. Adapting our operation like this means MPavilion can offer more opportunities to more creatives while increasing public access to our events.

Read more about the design and realisation of Glenn Murcutt AO’s MPavilion here.


Glenn Murcutt AO’s 2019 MPavilion. Photo by Rory Gardiner

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