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Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects and officially opened in 2010, MUMA’s premises are located on the Caulfield campus in the heart of the art, design and architecture precinct.

Kerstin Thompson Architects’ response to the redevelopment of an existing building deftly balances architectural integrity with curatorial flexibility. Their innovative design won two major Victorian Architecture awards in 2011: the Marion Mahoney Award – the principal named award for interior architecture – and a Public Architecture, Alterations & Additions award.

MUMA’s facilities encompass a suite of gallery spaces, the Ian Potter Sculpture Court, a major sculptural commission by artist Callum Morton and a series of threshold spaces, including the canopy, spine, light-well and Helen Macpherson Smith Education Space. The flexible form allows MUMA to present an expanded program of exhibitions and special projects, as well as facilitating education programs and public events.

The Australian Institute of Architects awards jury commended the manner in which the subtle transformation of an existing modernist building had created a successful environment for artists, curators and visitors. Kerstin Thompson Architects were also praised for the “layered spaces that conceal and reveal”, and the appealing interplay between the internal gallery spaces and the Ian Potter Sculpture Court outside.