Thai architecture studio All(zone) chosen to design Melbourne’s MPavilion

Thailand-based architecture studio All(zone) was selected by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design Melbourne’s MPavilion, an annual architectural commission.

All(zone) will become the ninth company to design a pavilion for this commission, which is similar to the Serpentine Pavilion in London.

Design and construction details for this year’s MPavilion will be revealed in July, while its installation in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens is scheduled for November.

It will open to the public on November 17 and will move to a permanent location in Melbourne, following the summer installation.

The pavilion, which is funded by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation (NMF), will be used as a venue to hold events, workshops, performances and lectures.

Led by Rachaporn Choochuey, All(zone) designed Thailand’s first contemporary art museum, the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai.

The NMF said the Bangkok practice was chosen because of its focus on sustainability and its commitment to using local materials to build projects.

NMF founder, businesswoman and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom said the studio “demonstrates how architecture and design can help create sustainable cities”.

Milgrom added: “Rachaporn’s architectural approach to ‘the art of living lightly’ and creating spaces with people and the environment at the heart of his practice demonstrates how architecture and design can help create sustainable and equitable cities. »

“With their commitment to designing built environments where people can call the world home, All(zone) is known for dynamic projects that reuse and recycle local materials in bold and innovative ways.”

Each year a different architect is chosen to design the MPavilion.

In 2019, architect Murcutt built a minimal pavilion under a linear “lantern” roof.

As with previous pavilions, the pavilion built by Murcutt has since been moved to a permanent location in the city.

The first pavilion was built in 2014 by Melbourne-based architect Sean Godsell.

Since then, the pavilions have been designed by various companies, including Indian firm Studio Mumbai and Dutch studio OMA.

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