MELBOURNE.- The Naomi Milgrom Foundation
today announced the commission for the sixth annual MPavilion has been awarded to Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt AO. The announcement comes as MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelonas Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós closed on Sunday 17 February, having received an overwhelming public response with 133,000+ visitors and 520 free events over 139 days.
Naomi Milgrom AO, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commented: Im thrilled to be working with Glenn Murcutt. Hes been at the forefront of contemporary architecture for decades with groundbreaking designs that are sensitive to landscape and cross-cultural collaboration.
Quintessentially Australian and ahead of his time, Glenns thoughtfulness about people, place making and the environment continues to inspire us all.
Glenn Murcutt, commented on his commission for MPavilion 2019: Its extraordinary what Naomi has achieved with MPavilion. Shes one of the great people in this country for supporting the arts, and more than just art but architecture, with a special understanding of city life. MPavilion is an interesting and assiduous project, and Im honoured to be commissioned.
Arguably Australias most recognised architect, Murcutt is a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and is internationally respected for his environmentally sensitive, distinctly Australian architecture. Glenn has received the Alvar Aalto Medal, the Australian Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medals and is highly regarded as a teacher and commentator. His most significant works include the Australian Islamic Centre, Melbourne undertaken in equal collaboration with architect Hakan Elevli, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre Riversdale Shoalhaven NSW designed equally with architects Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark, the Simpson-Lee House, Mt Wilson NSW, and the Marie Short House, North Coast NSW.
The MPavilion 2018/19 program season was the largest to date, from 9 October 2018 until 17 February 2019. Events were spread across a number of themes inspired by Carme Pinós, including: building resilient communities, inclusivity, women in leadership, landscape and nature, visual languagesfashion and architecture, and design and science.