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New pavilion officially opens

31 Aug 2016

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Local residents and workers have a new place to enjoy some fresh air after Docklands’ newest community space was officially launched last month.

MPavilion 2015 has found a new, permanent home at the corner of Collins St and Harbour Esplanade.

Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan joined Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley and Naomi Milgrom to officially launch the new pavilion last month.

MPavilion is an annual architectural and design event initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and supported by the City of Melbourne and the State Government.

“MPavillion 2015 received international acclaim – it was named among the world’s top 15 installations to capture the global imagination,” Ms Milgrom said.

“This architectural gem will continue to be part of Melbourne’s cultural heritage, inspiring our community for many years to come.”

The MPavilion program started in 2014 and has seen a new pavilion commissioned and created each year.

The 2015 pavilion, now found in Docklands, was designed by Amanda Levete and is intended to create the sensation of a forest canopy, with large translucent petals supported by slender columns.

In launching the new public space, Ms Allan said: “This pavilion will become an iconic place for events, social gathering and workshops – encouraging more people to engage in design and architecture.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley commented that the pavilion has been gifted to the Docklands community so it could continue to be admired and enjoyed by thousand of Victorians.

“The second MPavilion will provide a lasting cultural legacy for Docklands and contribute to the area’s growing contemporary design and architecture scene.”

Speaking at the launch, Places Victoria CEO Gregory Anderson announced further landscaping works would be completed around the new pavilion, including an outdoor gym and new seating.

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