Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is at the forefront of animal conservation, with a commitment to the importance of education and scientific discovery in the fight against wildlife under threat.
NBRSARCHITECTURE collaborated with Taronga to create a building that would support this commitment. A building that assists with the protection of our natural environment and inspires future generations.
Through a branching arm concept, the design weaves together Education, Science, and Visitor Experience hubs. Each hub not only connecting to each other but connecting to the wider Zoo. Over three levels, the design centres around an atrium space that links the building’s functions and allows scientists, animals carers, educationalists and the public to interact.
The Science Hub showcases the zoo’s unique data and specimens. A facility not only for research scientists but university students, fostering the next generation of conservation innovation. Specialist laboratories and digital teaching labs provide opportunities to broaden partnerships with leading universities. These labs are glass fronted to place science on display.
The Learning Hub allows students from early learning through to tertiary students to interact with the Zoo. Three immersive classrooms themed around rainforest, arid and woodland habitats transform education at the Zoo and support authentic STEM learning.
The Visitor Hub allows a connection between visitors and the Institute. It has been designed for one-of-a-kind experiences to create a closer bond between students, scientists, animals and staff.
The environmentally sensitive solution is in keeping with Taronga’s sustainable ethos, holding a 6 star-green-star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
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