‘We’re the least famous architects’: The designers behind this year’s MPavilion – WhatsNew2Day

In the Botanical Gardens, large steel poles are being erected in the mud, ready to form the base of this year’s MPavilion, which will be made mostly of cloth and fishing nets.

The vision of Thai architecture and design practice all(zone), led by architect Rachaporn Choochuey, is for the pavilion, which will host a free summer program of art, music and discussion to reuse and recycle local materials in innovative ways. .

Rachaporn Choochuey, architect of this year’s MPavilion, with a Thai dancer as the pavilion takes shape. Credit:Simon Schluter

“We are always interested in how to build with the minimum material,” says Choochuey. “The fabric is easy to handle, it’s light, it could be quite unconventional when you think about architecture.”

This year’s MPavilion celebrates the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand with a Thai festival that includes a lantern-making workshop, blessing by monks and traditional long drum dance.

However, Choochuey is more interested in creating a sustainable and uplifting structure that she has designed using layers of colored fishing nets and architectural fabrics covered with a waterproof membrane.

Mindful of Melbourne’s climate, Choochuey says it has been a challenge to design a pavilion that provides shade from the sun, as well as protection from the rain.

An artist’s rendering of this year’s MPavilion design.

“We work all the time with fabric with installations and temporary exhibitions, but this is the most serious so far in the sense that it has to last a few months, and then it has to live 20 years when it relocates. somewhere else,” says Choochuey.

At the end of each five-month season, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation gives away the MPavilion to the people of Victoria and relocates it to a new permanent home.