Amanda Levete's immersive flower-like MPavilion just opened in Melbourne's Queen Victoria Gardens and it looks great. The petal-shaped fiberglass canopy supported by ultra-thin columns is illuminated with integrated LEDs and creates a soundscape that sways in the wind. The project, expected to pave the way to a tradition that would rival that of the Serpentine gallery, was first unveiled a few months ago as an attempt to merge nature and technology.
The ultra light canopy is made up of 13 large and 30 smaller interlinked fiberglass petals varying in diameter from three to five meters. This allows even the lightest breeze to go through the structure and make it sway gently. The top of the structure was turned into a kind of “sound amplifier.” Illuminated by LEDs integrated into the structure of the pavilion, the canopy creates an environment that merges visual with the auditory and synchronizes music with the light effects. This remarkable combination was created in collaboration with , lighting designer Ben Cobham and sound artist Matthias Schack-Arnott of Speak Percussion.
Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissioned the MPavilion-the second of four pavilions built at the same site. Its temporary nature will allow different designers and architects to get a chance to participate in establishing what is said to become “Australia‘s answer to the London’s annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.