the melbourne-based naomi milgrom foundation - is the initiator of the newly opened and rather stunning mpavilion, idyllically set in the lush queen victoria gardens. it's the first of a new series of annual architecture commissions and design events initiated by the foundation, and lauded australian architect sean godsell was commissioned to create the inaugural structure. refined and simple, it measuring 12 x 12 meters and has a glazed roof and fully automated outer skin. the pavilion provides shade and shelter, and also filters the harsh sun.
with support from both the city council and the state government, each year for the next four years a celebrated architect will be asked to design a temporary pavilion at this location. landscape designer paul bangay was commissioned to design the perennial borders surrounding mpavilion, using 3,000 flowering perennials that'll flower throughout the summer. anything but a glittering empty shell, mpavilion is to host a very diverse and free program of cultural activities, ranging from performances and recitals, to workshops, lectures and readings [open through feb 1]. location: queen victoria gardens, st. kilda road [southbank].