Beyond the disguised entry, the minimalist concrete pavilion is designed to be sequentially experienced, inviting visitors to arrive and discover, pause and reflect. The concrete walls nod to the traditional Japanese wall garden, while the park and garden are subtly brought within through horizontal openings. The surroundings are also reflected in the bluestone crazy-paved pool, which captures the pavilion canopy, sky and city lights.
Melbourne architecture practice Davidov Architects designed the ‘Circle|Square’ seating selected by Tadao Ando as the MPavilion Chair Commission. “I hope the people of Melbourne and throughout Australia will further contemplate the nature of architecture and culture from the experience here,” Ando says. “If possible, I hope the pavilion will prompt the discussion about such power that architecture has.”
MPavilion 10 will host more than 150 events across a five-month design festival from November 16 – 28 March 2024.