Victoria Gardens' ever-changing architectural gem MPavilion will be designed by Thai film all(zone) in 2022.
The MPavilion 2022 architectural commission has been awarded to ‘playful’ Bangkok firm all(zone), known for their work at the startling MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai pictured above.
MPavilion is large architectural sculpture and events space that will be housed for the ninth straight year in Melbourne’s Victoria Gardens. 2021’s commission, The Lightcatchter, only opened in December last year, so it will be quite a while until we get to see what all(zone) have in store for us in person.
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You can, however, get a taste of the style that all(zone) are famous for in a myriad of stellar architectural gems across the world. The firm have also exhibited in the likes of New York’s Guggenheim.
The Bangkok-based studio, led by co-founder and design director Rachaporn Choochuey, will reveal their design to the public in July. “We are very excited to be part of the dynamic energy of Melbourne and hope our collaborative efforts with MPavilion will inspire people to reflect more on how our built environment can help us to live better ‘together,” she said.
MPavilion is thanks to Naomi Milgrom, an Australian businesswoman (behind the likes of Sportsgirl) and philantropist who funds each work through her titular foundation.
“We are honoured to commission all(zone) to design MPavilion 2022,” she added. “Rachaporn’s architectural approach to ‘the art of living lightly’ and creating spaces with people and the environment at the heart of her practice demonstrates how architecture and design can contribute to creating sustainable, equitable cities.”
The all(zone) MPavilion will be unveiled to the public on 17 November 2022 in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens and, at the conclusion of the season, will also be gifted to the people of Victoria and relocated to a new, permanent home. It’s currently unclear where The Lightcatcher sculpture will be moved to.
For further information, visit www.mpavilion.org.