Carme Pinós selected to design MPavilion 2018
By Amy Frearson
12 February 2018
Photo courtesy of Dezeen
Visiting UC Berkeley professor Carme Pinós has been selected to design the esteemed 2018 MPavillion project in Melbourne, an annual temporal civic, cultural and event hub in the city’s Southbank Arts Precinct.
MPavillion serves as a backdrop for a four-month-long schedule of programs, events, talks, workshops, performances, and installations, running from October to February.
Pinós is currently serving as the 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. This professorship is awarded biennually to distinguished academics who have made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.
Pinós is primarily based in Barcelona and is well known for projects such as the Cube II Towers in Guadalajara, the Department Building of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and the Crematorium in the Igualada Cemetery in Barcelona.
Pinós plans for her MPavilion to become a cultural destination. “It is a great responsibility to create a unique place in this special park with views over Melbourne, a city to which I have deep attachments,” she shared.
Just as with the previous four pavilions, this year’s project will be funded by the the Naomi Milgrom Foundation — an organization set up by businesswoman and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom.
According to Milgrom, the decision to select Pinós was “based on her community-focused approach to design, which aligns with the aims of the MPavilion.”
“Carme's remarkable work honours the responsibility of architecture to serve a community, by creating spaces that place human experience and environment at the centre of her designs,” said Milgrom. “Her approach to architecture, social housing and community reflects MPavillion's ongoing desire to stimulate debate about the role of design and architecture in building creative and equitable cities and communities.”
The announcement that Pinós will be commissioned for the design came just one day after the 2017 MPavilion closed, designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA. OMA’s amphitheatre-like pavilion attracted over 117,000 visitors in the first four months of opening.
As with the first three pavilions, OMA’s and Pinós’ installations will find permanent residencies somewhere in Melbourne so as to create “an ongoing legacy in Melbourne’s increasingly sophisticated architectural landscape.”
MPavilion 2018 is due to open to the public on October 8, 2018.