The Grimwade Centre

The Grimwade Centre For Cultural Materials Conservation, part of the University of Melbourne, is a teaching and research facility that meets the specific requirements for the conservation of two and three dimensional art works.

These functions had previously been embedded within the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, but the re-located facility creates an engaging public interface on a prominent Swanston Street site.

The Centre includes flexible undergraduate teaching laboratories, postgraduate research laboratories, specialist storage spaces, exhibition entry, staff administration offices and meeting rooms.

The facade creates an engaging intervention to Swanston Street opposite the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

A ribbon of yellow steel across the building length provides a playful threshold that mediates the existing street trees, structural columns, and frames internal and external views.

The facility successfully responds to the client’s specific brief for complex internal environments and conservation processes, whilst improving natural daylight, visibility and the GCCMC’s identity with minimal use of resources.

Project Details

Project size – 860 m2
Completion date – 2015

Project Team


JCB Architects

Established in 1998 by Tim Jackson, Jon Clements and Graham Burrows, JCB is a design-led architectural practice of over 50 design professionals united by a shared commitment to the delivery of innovative design solutions.


Emily Bartlett

Emily s a Melbourne-based commercial photographer, specialising in architecture and interiors.

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