New Gallery Opening 2020

Science Gallery designed by Smart Design Studio opens in 2020

Pictured: Peter & Ruth McMullin Galleries, Science Gallery Melbourne opening 2020

The University of Melbourne has secured the rights to the first and only Australian node of the acclaimed international Science Gallery network. The Gallery will open in late 2020 as part of The University’s innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect.

The gallery will include over 3500 sqm of cutting-edge, immersive exhibition and learning spaces. Designed by William Smart at Smart Design Studio, the gallery will deliver modular exhibition spaces, theatres, workshop and social spaces. It will be accompanied by an immersive digital experience that allows interaction and connectivity for young people. 

Located on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site, at the intersection of Swanston and Grattan Streets, Melbourne Connect is a new precinct for research, industry, government and students in a single, purpose-built site.

Science Gallery Director, Rose Hiscock said “Smart Design Studio has a track record for creating innovative, highly expressive architectural projects.  The iconic White Rabbit Gallery and the multi award-winning residential project Indigo Slam are exceptional architectural projects that are in themselves expressions of scientific and artistic excellence.  We are very excited to see the outcome of the design process.” 

Smart Design Studio was founded in 1997 and has worked on a diverse range of award-winning design projects in the public and cultural domains, including multi-unit residential developments, private residences and commercial and retail spaces.    

Creative Director of Smart Design Studio William Smart said: “Open and connected, SGM will invite visitors to an experience that is at once playful and contemplative; to engage deeply or just hang out. This gallery will be inspiring and delightful, a canvas on which to write a new story of science colliding with art and innovation.” 

Pictured: Peter & Ruth McMullin Galleries, Science Gallery Melbourne opening 2020