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Monash University Museum of Art

Minimalist aesthetics with maximum performance

The award-winning Monash University Museum of Art was relocated from its original facilities on the university campus to another, larger, existing building in order to present an expanded programme of exhibitions and projects, alongside ongoing displays of the university collection.

This involved the refurbishment of an existing building, which remained operational throughout the fit-out. We were commissioned to provide an integrated service to the project, including building services and architectural lighting. Our solutions were geared to minimise any disruption to the day-to-day functioning of the facility

A major challenge was to balance the need to maintain the correct environment for the artwork while preserving the aesthetic integrity of the galleries.

Our solution was achieved by routing mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and fire protection services from a purpose built services canopy outside the building. This allowed maximum space within the gallery and also maximised the ceiling height to increase the gallery’s capacity to display larger artworks.

In order to achieve climate controls that would conform to international museum best practice standards, we designed a system involving the use of constant dew point, close air conditioning with high efficiency particulate filtration and gas phase filtration. These reduce dust, soot and fungal spores and gas phase filters reduce harmful gases that could damage the artwork.

Client Monash University
Kerstin Thompson Architects
Status Completed in May 2010
Our Services Building services, fire protection, audio visual, architectural lighting

Winner 2011 AIA Awards: Marion Mahony Award (Victoria)
Winner 2011 AIA Awards: Public Alterations & Additions (Victoria)