Indian architect Bijoy Jain to design Melbourne’s MPavilion

Indian architect Bijoy Jain (pictured), founder and principal of Studio Mumbai, will design Melbourne’s MPavilion 2016.

The project is a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, located in the centre of the city’s Southbank Arts Precinct.

MPavilion will be an event hub, a meeting place and "an invitation to experiment", where creative collaborators gather together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops and performances from October to February.

MPavilion is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, a non-profit organisation that hopes to initiate and support great public design and architecture projects.

Speaking in Melbourne recently, Bijoy Jain said: "I’m honoured to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion.

"I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world, and of oneself."

Naomi Milgrom said: "I want to initiate truly inspirational cultural, design and architectural projects that just wouldn’t happen otherwise.

"I am also excited to be initiating these projects through new public-private partnerships and collaborations."

Jain’s MPavilion design will be revealed later this year. For now he says, "I’m enjoying the open expansiveness to what this pavilion can be."

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