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Chrofi to design ‘experimental’ summer pavilion at MAMA

The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) has appointed Chrofi to design the next edition of its annual architectural commission, which will occupy Albury’s QEII Square over the summer.

The project will be a key part of Albury and Wodonga’s new Upstream arts and culture festival, that will run over four days in March 2020.

The commission is the second in the annual Summer Place series commissioned by MAMA and installed in Albury’s QEII Square and aims to “engage the community in experimental architecture, share the positive impacts of innovative design, and attract seasonal visitors to the heart of the city.”

Chrofi’s project will be led by architect Joshua Zoeller.

The first Summer Place commission was designed by Raffaello Rosselli Architect, and comprised a plastic “temple” to Australia’s accelerating waste crisis.

In a review for ArchitectureAU, Phillip Nielsen noted that the “decision to locate the project in one of the city’s most visible public spaces ensured that within a fortnight of the project’s completion it had been viewed by more than 5,000 local residents – or 5 percent of Albury-Wodonga’s total population.

“This exposure highlights the broad-reaching potential for other creative projects like Plastic Palace across regional Australia.”

In a statement, MAMA noted that the pavilion attracted over 30,000 visitors in total.

Chrofi’s installation will open on 31 October and run until the end of March 2020, after the Upstream festival.

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