Tract worked with OMA and the Melbourne-based MPavilion consultant team to design the landscape framing the 2017 pavilion.
An angular, faceted batter forms the back of the semicircular amphitheatre.
Predominantly South-facing, the embankment is draped in a blanket of Australian native plants and grasses.
The monoculture swatches of single species reflect the geometry of the batter, while the swaying swords of grass soften the mound.
The plant selection is a departure from that of the surrounding Queen Victoria Gardens, and instead makes reference to an older landscape.
A selection of grasses, sedges and lilies has been used as a patchwork over the batter. Some of these plants were used by local Aboriginal people.
The plant selection anchors the pavilion in Melbourne, and suggests the many layers of history of the landscape.
The MPavilion is open until February 2018 with a program of talks, workshops and performances before moving to a permanent location within the City of Melbourne.