13 February 2018
The commission for the fifth annual MPavilion has been awarded to internationally renowned Spanish-based architect Carme Pinós of Barcelona’s Estudio Carme Pinós.
MPavilion 2018 will be the first public commission by a Spanish female architect in Australia.
A recipient of the prestigious Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize, Carme has made significant contributions to advance gender equity in the field of architecture with work exhibiting commitment to community. She is celebrated for a humanist approach to architecture that includes urban refurbishments, social housing, public works and furniture design.
Her architecture has garnered worldwide appreciation in tandem with the rise of modern architecture in Barcelona, increasingly growing in influence and reputation throughout Europe; South, Central and North America; and beyond.
Among Carme’s most significant works are the Department Building of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), the Cube II Towers in Guadalajara (Mexico), the Caixaforum Cultural and Exhibition Centre in Zaragoza (Spain), the metro station Zona Universitaria and the Crematorium in the Igualada Cemetery both in Barcelona.
This announcement comes following closure of MPavilion 2017 on Sunday 11 February. Designed by Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten of OMA, the 2017 site hosted 477 free events over 133 days, drawing more than 117,000 visitors.
MPavilion 2017 was engaged in numerous festivals and public events, including Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Mapping Melbourne, while a special regional-focused program devised in collaboration with Shepparton Art Museum and Geelong Gallery. In December, it was named as one of the top international buildings that shaped culture in 2017 by prestigious design bible Wallpaper*.
MPavilion 2018 will open free to the public on 8 October 2018.