MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten, Naomi Milgrom Foundation Victoria Building

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

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MPavilion 2017 Building Design by OMA
OMA’s design revealed for 2017 Australia’s MPavilion

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

MPavilion 2017 will be the first building designed and constructed by OMA in Australia.

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

This year’s structure is inspired by ancient amphitheaters.

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

Construction of MPavilion begins in August. It is due to open to the public from October through to February 2018.

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

Of the MPavilion 2017 design, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten add: “MPavilion is a project that hopes to provoke discussion around what architecture can do both globally and in an Australian context. We’re interested in treating this pavilion not just as an architectural object, but as something that injects intensity into a city and contributes to an ever-evolving culture.”

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

The main infrastructure of the pavilion, such as lighting and hanging points is placed in the floating roof, a 2-meter-high mechanical grid structure made of aluminum-clad steel. The mechanics in the canopy can be activated per the type of event taking place; an open-air venue for performances, entertainment and sports.

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

20 Feb 2017

MPavilion 2017 OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten News

Design: OMA Rem Koolhaas + David Gianotten

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MPavilion 2017 Building

at Queen Victoria Gardens

OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten
To Design Mpavilion 2017

Leading Australian Architecture Commission Mpavilion 2016 Attracts 94,000 Visitors To 487 Free Events

Melbourne, Australia: The Naomi Milgrom Foundation today announced the commission for the fourth annual MPavilion has been awarded to internationally renowned Netherlands-based OMA and will be designed by Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten. MPavilion 2017 will be the first building designed and constructed by OMA in Australia.

The announcement comes as MPavilion 2016 closed on Sunday 18 February having welcomed more than 94,000 visitors and hosted more than 487 free events over 139 days within the temporary architectural pavilion designed by acclaimed Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

David Gianotten
photo Andrew Tang, courtesy OMA

Naomi Milgrom AO, Chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation who commissioned OMA to design MPavilion 2017 commented: “Rem Koolhaas is one of the world’s most provocative and influential architects. His contribution to the cultural landscape as an urban thinker together with OMA’s multi-disciplinary approach to architecture reflects MPavilion’s desire to inspire debate about the role of design in building equitable and creative cities.”

OMA at The Barbican
London, UK. 25/10/2011. OMA Show & Tell: XL Architecture Night, in the Barbican Theatre. The Partners: Rem Koolhaas, Victor van der Chijs, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu and David Gianotten, come together for the first time in public conversation, chaired by Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern.

photo : Jane Hobson, courtesy Barbican Art Gallery

Commenting on their commission for MPavilion 2017, Rem Koolhaas, Founder and David Gianotten, Managing Partner of OMA said: “The Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s MPavilion is now a project of international significance and we look forward to contributing to the architectural legacy it has engendered. We are excited by the brief of designing a cultural heart for the city – a space of public engagement that will spark creativity and discussion, and that will act as a theatre for ideas.

Rem Koolhaas
photo : Fred Ernst, courtesy OMA

MPavilion continues OMA’s history of successful cultural projects – Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Garage Museum in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Casa da Musica in Porto, the Seattle Public Library – all which have become important civic centers and independent spaces for the public.”

Axel Springer Campus building by OMA in Berlin:
Axel Springer Campus building view
picture : Frans Parthesius

OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) are prolific architects, designers and theorists and was founded by visionary Rem Koolhaas, a Pritzker prize-winning architect. Together with 8 partners Koolhaas heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion.

David Gianotten is OMA’s Managing Partner – Architect; responsible for the management and growth of OMA worldwide and is the responsible partner-in-charge of numerous projects in Asia, Australia and Europe including the New Museum project in Perth and Rotterdam’s new Feyenoord football stadium. Together Koolhaas and Gianotten are responsible for the design and execution of the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

De Rotterdam building by OMA:
De Rotterdam building by OMA
picture : Frans Parthesius

OMA completed large scale projects in recent years include the Qatar Foundation Headquarters in Doha; Faena District in Miami; London’s Design Museum; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow; Fondazione Prada in Milan; Shenzhen Stock Exchange; De Rotterdam; and CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

New Museum – Museum Street entrance:
New Museum - Museum Street entrance
image courtesy HASSELL + OMA

Its strong collaborative approach, MPavilion 2016 worked with more than 350 collaborators including cultural institutions, architects, artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, scientists and designers to develop the four-month free cultural program and contributed to numerous festivals and public events including the Melbourne Festival, Confluence: Festival of India, Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), Melbourne Music Week, White Night and the India Leadership Summit.

Faena District Miami building by OMA:
Faena District Miami building by OMA
picture : Iwan Baan

MPavilion 2016 presented: 63 talks and public lectures; 39 music performances; 60 gatherings and public workshops; 53 educational events focused on design and architecture and 31 children’s events. Events were spread across a number of themes including handmade architecture, creative cities, citizen science and collaboration. In summary:

• Attended by 94,000 visitors
• Presented 487 free events with 350 collaborator organisations
• 30 international guests including Bijoy Jain, Aneesh Pradham, Chris Sanderson, Danh Vo, Julia Kagansky, SHOWStudio, Aric Chen, Chiharu Shiota, Christian Thompson, Sir David Adjaye OBE and Jan Gehl.

Garage Museum building by OMA:
Garage Museum building by OMA
picture : Iwan Baan

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture commission and design event made possible through the vision of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation — and Australian philanthropist Naomi Milgrom AO. MPavilion is a philanthropic success story that has seen government, business and private sectors collaborate to bring an important new civic space to Melbourne with a strong public, industry and educational component.

New Museum Francis Street facade:
New Museum Francis Street facade
image courtesy HASSELL + OMA

MPavilion receives the generous support from the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government and has received over 224,000 visitors since it’s inception in 2014.

MPavilion 2017 will open free to the public on 3 October 2017. For further details please visit

Feyenoord City The Strip by OMA:
Feyenoord City The Strip

About OMA

Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 in collaboration with Madelon Vriesendorp, and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Today OMA is an international practice led by 9 partners operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha, Dubai and Perth.

TPAC perspective approach from north:
TPAC perspective approach from north
photo Courtesy of OMA / ArtefactoryLab

OMA-designed buildings currently under construction include Taipei Performing Arts Centre; the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin; Qatar National Library; Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen; Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris; and Prince Plaza in Shenzhen.

Faena District building by OMA:
Faena District building by OMA
picture : Iwan Baan

Rem Koolhaas with AMO, the research branch of OMA, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale; the European Union’s Image of Europe project; and a Strelka Institute education program in Moscow. OMA has also collaborated with Prada for more than a decade on graphic design, store design and fashion shows.

Based on the commission of the New Museum project in Perth, acquired in 2016 with HASSELL, OMA established a branch office in Australia, which is led by David Gianotten and director Paul Jones. Currently this branch office works on several assignments in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Axel Springer Campus building:
Axel Springer Campus building by OMA
picture : OMA

About MPavilion

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architectural commission and design event conceived and created by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in 2014. Every year, one new temporary pavilion designed by a leading international architect, is erected in Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Gardens. From October through February, the MPavilion becomes a design and cultural laboratory and home to a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations. Australian architect Sean Godsell designed MPavilion 2014 and in 2015 designed by British architect Amanda Levete of AL_A. Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai designed MPavilion 2016.

Australian philanthropist Naomi Milgrom AO initiated MPavilion. She is also the Commissioner for the Australian representation at the 57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Tracey Moffatt exhibition 2017.

• MPavilion will open free to the public on 3 October 2017

• For further information please visit

TPAC facade completion:
TPAC building by OMA
photograph © OMA by Chris Stowers

David Gianotten of OMA

David Gianotten is the Managing Partner-Architect of OMA. In this role he is responsible for the management, business strategy, and growth of the company worldwide. As partner-incharge he also oversees design and construction of various projects, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, the masterplan of Feyenoord City and the new Stadium Feyenoord, the CIFCO building in Beijing, the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen, the KataOMA resort in Bali, and now the New Museum for Western Australia. In his role as acting partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong, Beijing and Perth offices and director of OMA Asia, David leads the firm’s large portfolio in the Asia Pacific region.

Garage Museum building by OMA:
Garage Museum building Moscow
picture : Iwan Baan

While stationed in Hong Kong he was responsible for the in 2013 completed Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters in Shenzhen, the final stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, and OMA’s conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. David is also one of the two directors of the recently opened branch office of OMA in Australia.

David joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner at OMA in 2010. Before joining OMA he was Principal Architect at SeARCH in the Netherlands. David studied architecture and construction technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he is also a professor in the Architecture Design and Engineering department.

MPavilion 2016

Design: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

MPavilion 2016 Building

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion releases a new series of photographs of MPavilion 2016 by Bijoy Jain.

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion building by Bijoy Jain

Celebrated London based architectural photographer Rory Gardiner reveals an intimate response to the handmade structure capturing Melbourne’s much-loved summer pavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Naomi Milgrom:
MPavilion Melbourne
AL & NM photo © Peter Guenzel

More info + images at:

MPavilion 2016 Pavilion by Bijoy Jain

Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain at MPavilion 2016:
MPavilion 2016 Naomi Milgrom and Bijoy Jain

MPavilion 2016 Melbourne by Bijoy Jain

MPavilion by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

Photographs: Nicholas Watt

MPavilion 2016 architect Bijoy Jain and Naomi Milgrom speak about MPavilion’s third foray into Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens:

Film on YouTube

Naomi Milgrom AO, MPavilion founder said: “Bijoy Jain’s practice is unique in that it focuses on honouring age-old crafts and building-techniques, which resonate strongly in this technologized world. As an architect, Bijoy thinks like an artist. His buildings are realised around a central idea, and are then fleshed out through an extensive process of collaboration, and always, careful consideration of the surrounding environment.”

Architect Bijoy Jain and Naomi Migrom AO:
photo : Timothy Burgess

MPavilion 2015, Amanda Levete of AL_A:
photo : Richard Powers

MPavilion Melbourne by Amanda Levete

MPavilion 2015 Melbourne by Amanda Levete – 3 Mar 2016 relocation news update
MPavilion Melbourne
MPavilion 2015 prototype photo © Kane Jarrod

Amanda Levete + Naomi Milgrom:
MPavilion Melbourne
AL & NM photo © Peter Guenzel


Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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