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Jock Marshall Reserve Education Centre

Architect: Harmer Architecture

Monash University | MU35

The Jock Marshall Reserve Education Centre by Harmer Architecture forms the gateway to Jock Marshall Reserve, a protected ecological reserve and research facility located at Monash Clayton. A specialised facility for collaborative research and experimentation, the building enhances the experience of visiting a unique natural landscape within the campus environment, and supports students undertaking fieldwork within the reserve. The main internal space accommodates ‘Dual Learning Labs’ – one large laboratory space, which can be divided into two spaces, each suitable for 52 students. The external deck also functions as a learning space, providing areas for the examination of fieldwork samples. The building design “expresses the idea of looking at the natural world using a piece of scientific equipment. Components of a microscope inform the shape of the building including an eyepiece forming the entrance and ocular windows in each laboratory that resemble microscope lenses looking out over the reserve. The eyepiece entry tube forms the gateway to the reserve and stimulates curiosity in visitors to discover what can be investigated in this unique natural environment”.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Laboratories

  • Tour Type: MU35

  • Tour Details: Staff, volunteers and architect will be at hand to provide further information

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 2017

  • Website:

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Jonathan Hadiprawira and Rhiannon Slatter


50 College Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton campus, VIC


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