The building is a listed provincial heritage site and an important example of the Modern Movement. The renovation of the site preserves the modernist functionalism of the architecture while incorporating new, bespoke design elements that contrast tradition with innovation.
The restoration of the existing buildings retains the original brick structure, and includes new, customised glass and steel features.
JCAF’s 450 m2 exhibition space is a museum-standard environment with UV-filtered glass windows, HVAC air temperature control (18–22°) and humidity control (55% RH), an FM200 gas-detection and fire-suppression system, a digital security system and an art storage-and-delivery area. A bespoke track system accommodates museum spotlights produced by Procédés Hallier.
The result is a museum-standard environment for exhibitions that is the antithesis of the white cube.