Science Gallery Melbourne's new building set to open in 2020

Science Gallery Melbourne is one step closer to building its new home in Australia's leading innovation precinct, with planning approval received last week. The new building will be located at the site of the old Royal Women's Hospital on the corner of Grattan and Swanston streets in Carlton, as part of the University of Melbourne Carlton Connect Initiative. Construction of the new building will commence in mid-2018, with doors set to open in 2020.

As part of the next planning phase, staff are currently looking at how to design the new gallery with the ultimate digital fit out, inspired by hospitals, shopping centres and airports. Faced with the challenge of future-proofing the gallery’s digital environment, Science Gallery Melbourne has teamed up with the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne and identified a range of considerations, such as maximising the lifespan of today’s technologies; designing for changing museum requirements and visitor expectations; and integrating technology in the architectural design of museum spaces.

The Director of Science Gallery Melbourne Rose Hiscock and digital media specialist Dr Niels Wouters will be discussing these issues and more at a free public talk to be held on Tuesday 8 May as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018.

Image: Artist's impression of the new building to house Science Gallery Melbourne