Glenn Murcutt AO MPavilion 2019 Design

MPavilion 2019, designed by Australia’s only Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient Glenn Murcutt AO, opened on Thursday 14 November, in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Internationally influential for his environmentally responsible designs with a distinctive Australian character, Murcutt’s MPavilion heralds a milestone in the architect’s fifty-year career as his first civic city design.

MPavilion 2019 is the sixth in an ongoing series of annual architect- designed summer pavilions for Melbourne. Inspired by Murcutt’s career, MPavilion this year celebrates Australian design and identity with a free four-month season of events from 14 November to 22 March 2020.

The new MPavilion structure was initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the City of Melbourne, Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, ANZ and RACV.

MPavilion 2019 was officially opened by MPavilion founder Naomi Milgrom AO, architect Glenn Murcutt AO, City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp. The opening event was commemorated with a specially commissioned Welcome to Country song by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO, followed by the RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) Graduate Showcase, beginning an Opening Weekend of celebrations.

Public launch (Photographer: Timothy Burgess)

"The City of Melbourne is a proud supporter of MPavilion and its contribution to our vibrant creative community. The choice of Glenn Murcutt as the architect of this year is especially exciting and enhances Melbourne’s enviable reputation as a design capital.

"MPavilion’s season of free events and talks on arts, architecture, science and technology makes it one of the highlights of spring and summer for Melburnians and visitors alike,” says City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.

Talking about what inspired his design, Glenn Murcutt says light and location were key to the design. I felt a crisp white building that at night could be lit from within its roof—like a lantern in the Queen Victoria Gardens, giving the pavilion a feeling of lightness—would sit comfortably in the location. Having the pavilion face north, open towards the river, I could work with good climatic conditions. This also means that from within the MPavilion one can view the gardens to the river and the city.”

Such a design has also inspired MPavilion’s program themes for its 2019/20 season of free events: Nov—Australian Design: Identity and Cultural Collaboration; Dec—Connection: Instruments of Harmonious Living; Jan—Unplugged: Energy Without Electricity; Feb—Earth: A Place of Reconciliation, a Reconciliation of Place; and Mar—Knowledge: Shared Learning, Shared Power.

See the full list of free events on at MPavilion 2019 on their program list here!


Dates: 14 November 2019 - Sunday 22 March 2020

Location: Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Times: Varies. Onsite kiosk is open every day from 9am - 4pm

MPavilion Website