British architect Amanda Levete designed a blooming LED-lit temporary pavilion for Australia's annual MPavilion in Melbourne, which will immerse visitors into a unique soundscape. The petal-shaped canopy is supported by ultra-thin metal columns that allow the entire structure to gently sway in the wind, giving life to the space. Visitors will feel like they are wandering through a dappled forest as the sounds and motion of the pavilion create a fairytale-like experience that emphasizes the merging of nature and technology.
The cluster will be located in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens and is expected to create an engaging environment dominated by movement, light and sound. The stems will be made from carbon fiber and will conceal all the electrical wiring, with speakers embeded in the forms. Composite materials will be used for the lightweight petals. Material specialist mouldCAM was brought in to collaborate with Levete on the fabrication of the project and integrate nautical engineering solutions into the structure.
The movement of the structure is meant to accentuate the temporary character of the pavilion and remind visitors that architecture doesn’t have to look and function as a conventional building. The 2015 MPavilion, which is Australia’s answer to the London’s annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, will open in October and will act as a cultural venue until February 2016.