Emerging Landscape Architecture firm MALA studio have designed a new parkland home for Amanda Levete’s 2015 MPavilion in Melbourne’s Docklands. MALA recently developed a masterplan for Places Victoria to transform the dilapidated eastern portion of Docklands Park into a thriving new recreational and cultural hub. The masterplan seeks to link community buildings, multi-purpose courts, public art, existing parklands and the new MPavilion precinct with a series of recreational and garden spaces. The masterplan proposes a new sport fitness park, outdoor exercise equipment, ping pong tables, multipurpose spaces for yoga, dance, aerobics and personal training classes, hard and soft pedestrian paths, and quite garden nooks. The implementation of the MPavilion precinct marks the completion of first stage of the masterplan. The design aims enhance and celebrate the MPavilion and its new parkland setting. Iconic Docklands materials such as concrete, steel and timber are counterbalanced with generous lawns and gardens to invite the visitor to sit, eat, read, play and socialise amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Over past 15 years Melbourne’s Docklands has been converted from an abandoned industrial precinct into a new residential, commercial and sporting hub. The revitalisation of Docklands Park marks the newest chapter in the urban renewal project and compliments other public spaces such as Victoria Green and Ron Barassi Snr Park.
Landscape Architecture: MALA studio
Client: Places Victoria
Location: Corner Collins Street and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Melbourne
Completion Date: August 2016
Photography: Suzie Blake