British architect Amanda Levete was announced today as the designer of the second MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia. Debuting its first pavilion by Australian architect Sean Godsell last year, MPavilion commissions a local or international architect to design a temporary pavilion for Queen Victoria Gardens. Once built, the MPavilion becomes a social gathering space for a free program of talks, workshops, and performances from October to February.
Levete's design is still under wraps, but is expected to be revealed sometime this season.
More about Levete below.
"Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design that has radicalised clients and briefs, and led to a diverse range of concepts for cultural, retail and commercial schemes around the world."
"Recent commissions include the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok on the former grounds of the British Embassy, a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s, a 13-hectare media campus for Sky, and a cultural centre in Lisbon commissioned by Energias De Portugal (EDP), one of the world’s foremost energy companies."
"Levete is a trustee of leading social innovation centre the Young Foundation and served as a trustee of influential arts organisation Artangel for over a decade. She trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised groundbreaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham."
"A frequent visitor to Australia, Amanda is looking forward to designing a structure that engages its Melbourne setting. 'The brief is a great opportunity to design a structure that responds to the climate and the landscape. I wanted to exploit the temporary nature of the pavilion form and produce a design that speaks in response to the weather.' AL_A will collaborate with local manufacturers to create the moveable form, using top-notch Australian technology."
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