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Initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, every year for four years an outstanding architect will be commissioned to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne's Southbank Arts Precinct.

An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.

MPavilion 2017 is designed by Netherlands–based architects OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten.

MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, an award-winning architect and practice of distinction based in India, and now has a new permanent home at the Melbourne Zoo. MPavilion 2015 was designed by AL_A the studio of Stirling Prize–winning architect Amanda Levete, and now has a permanent home in Melbourne's Docklands. MPavilion 2014 was designed by Australian firm Sean Godsell Architects, and now has a permanent home at Melbourne's Hellenic Museum.

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Free Entry

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Open at all times


  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf
  • Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision

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What's on

Lectures & talks

MMeets/MMusic/MTalks—'Queer some space' presented by XYX Lab and the Lifted Brow

Monash Art Design and Architecture’s XYX Lab teams up with The Lifted Brow to bring us ‘Queer Some Space’. Directly referencing MPavilion’s rotating...

27 Jan 2018

Art & exhibitions

MMeets—Signal Quarterly Zine launch

Drop into MPavilion for a for a party in celebration of the launch of Signal Quarterly, a zine produced, printed and populated by the young artists...

24 Jan 2018

Classes & workshops

MMeets—Morning stories with N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs

Start the day at MPavilion this season with daily morning stories from N’arweet (Elder) Carolyn Briggs. Carolyn Briggs is a descendant of the First...

Until 4 Feb 2018

Art & exhibitions

MProjects—Caitlin Franzmann: 'Tree-telling'

Brisbane-based artist Caitlin Franzmann’s Tree-telling returns to MPavilion in 2018. In Tree-telling, Franzmann deploys hand-crafted divination cards...

Until 28 Jan 2018

Classes & workshops

MMeets—The science of coffee

Everyone loves coffee, but what is the science behind the perfect morning cuppa? Come down to MPavilion in this special event presented by La Trobe...

27 Jan 2018


MMusic/MProjects—Twilight ritual: Philip Brophy's ‘Stadium - A neo-Tokyo terrasound cosmophony'

Join as the sun dips beyond the horizon’s edge and the Queen Victoria Gardens bathes in the afterglow, for this season’s twilight ritual: a special...

Until 4 Feb 2018

Classes & workshops

MMeets—Quiet mornings: Learn to meditate with A—Space

For all its progress, modern life is not slowing down anytime soon. We are constantly bombarded with emails from our bosses, colleagues and clients,...

24 Jan 2018
31 Jan 2018

Lectures & talks

MTalks—High density happiness

Join in for the third and final instalment this MPavilion season of Open Journal‘s popular and thought-provoking series High Density Happiness. This...

31 Jan 2018