carme pinós plans a series of folded, floating planes for MPavilion 2018

carme pinós plans a series of folded, floating planes for MPavilion 2018

following temporary structures by OMA, bijoy jain, amanda levete, and sean godsell, carme pinós’ design for fifth MPavilion has now been revealed. the scheme comprises an open civic space that invites interaction as well as a discourse between people, design, nature, and the city. celebrating the barcelona-based architect’s design philosophy — which advocates building communities, inclusivity, and universal connection — the pavilion intends to be a sensorial summer experience sited in melbourne’s queen victoria gardens.

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the pavilion will occupy melbourne’s queen victoria gardens
image courtesy of estudio carme pinós



the plans for the MPavilion 2018 were released by the naomi milgrom foundation, who commission the design of the temporary structure each year. carme pinós’ sculptural design incorporates floating planes resting at angles on elevated points within the park, connecting the pavilion to the city. the structure’s interconnected shapes have been configured to bring to mind folded materials such as origami.

carme pinos mpavilion
the structure has been configured to bring to mind folded materials such as origami
image courtesy of estudio carme pinós



‘MPavilion 2018 is a place for people to experience with all their senses — to establish a relationship with nature, but also a space for social activities and connections,’ explains carme pinós. ‘whenever I can, I design places where movements and routes intersect and exchange, spaces where people identify as part of a community, but also feel they belong to universality.’

carme pinos mpavilion
the sculptural design incorporates floating planes resting at angles on elevated points
image courtesy of estudio carme pinós



‘carme pinós’ philosophy of community closely aligns with MPavilion’s own mission to facilitate meaningful dialogue about the role of design and architecture, and what it means to foster socially inclusive cities in the context of design and the built environment,’ adds naomi milgrom. ‘I’m excited to see carme’s MPavilion come to life, and to also see the new collaborations and discussions that unfold through her vision.’


MPavilion will open free to the public on october 8, 2018 and will remain in melbourne’s queen victoria gardens until february 3, 2019.

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caixaforum zaragoza, which estudio carme pinós completed in 2014
image © ricardo santonja

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la massana school of arts, barcelona
image © duccio malagamba

carme pinos mpavilion
catalan government headquaters in tortosa tarragona, spain
image © jesús arenas

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