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Public Realm

Colourful marquee encourages communal gathering

“A clever fabric installation, that confronts material use and addresses sustainability issues,” Ken Mackay, Judge

Project: MPavilion 2022

Award: Public Realm, Silver, 2023

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Architect: all(zone)

Client: Naomi Milgrom Foundation

MPavilion, Australia's leading architectural commission conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, features a temporary pavilion designed by an esteemed architect. Every year the winning structure is erected in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens. Over the summer, it hosts a programme of free events, performances and installations to encourage design debate and cultural exchange. 

MPavilion 2022 is a light, colourful shelter that encourages communal gathering. Realised as a vibrant, fabric-based canopy open on all sides, it comprises an innovative three-layered marquee that explores the potential of tensile architecture as an innovative solution to minimize material waste. 

Design highlights
MPavilion 2022’s employment of experimental fabric-based design is a sophisticated solution that uses considerably less material than traditional building practices. The uppermost layer is a brightly coloured, tactile fishing net. The middle layer is crafted from a cutting-edge, weather-proof STFE membrane. The bottom layer comprises a colourful fabric waffle that moves with the breeze creating dappled light to evoke the feeling of resting under trees.


Photo credits: John Gollings, William Hamilton-Coates, Casey Horsfield, Marie-Luise Skibbe

  • LEAD ARCHITECT: Rachaporn Choochuey
    ARCHITECTS: Mai Kitmungsa, all(zone) Yo (Wittida) Pyomyong, all(zone) ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Leanne Zilka, Zilka Studio
    SPECIALIST ENGINEER: Peter Lim, Tensys Engineering

    SURVEYOR: Wayne Liddy, Gardner Group
    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Luke Steele, Schiavello
    ROOF FABRICATION ENGINEERS: Darryl Thomson, Chloe Dang, Oasis


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