TARONGA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND LEARNING
A New Benchmark for Conservation Science and Education Facilities in the Southern Hemisphere
Taronga Conservation Society believes in a shared future, where wildlife and people don’t just live together, they thrive together. The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the new Institute of Science and Learning supports this vision by enabling Taronga to expand its capability in conservation science, research and learning programs. Located in the heart of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo the facilities will empower the scientists of tomorrow.
NBRS ARCHITECTURE worked closely with the Taronga Conservation Society from initial concept though to detailed design to develop an immersive work and learning environment that sets Taronga apart from other science and research institutions. After award of the building contract, Taylor Construction and BKA Architecture successfully progressed the project through construction to delivery.
The science and research hub provides world class facilities in an open and transparent environment to promote the cross pollination of ideas between departments. Purpose built laboratories, including a multi-disciplinary research laboratory, teaching laboratory and cyroreserve have been included.
Inspiration for the facility’s built form and material selection was drawn from the organic patterns in nature. The 3-storey building centres around a bright and airy atrium space that seamlessly links the Institute’s various functions and serves as a key orientation point.
Andrew Duffin, Design Director at NBRS said: “The purpose-built facility has provided an agile, transparent and sustainable environment that creates tangible links between theory and practice. The facility is a living example of conservation by achieving a 6 Star Green Star rating.”
Educational facilities provide the public as well as students from preschool to PhD with the opportunity to engage with science in a unique way. The inclusion of digital teaching labs, immersive habitat learning spaces and teaching laboratories allow students to develop their interest in STEM with the aim of inspiring the next generation of conservation scientists.
John Kavanagh, Director at BKA Architecture said: “Our two practices are proud to have assisted with Taronga’s goal of creating a benchmark facility that establishes Australia as a globally significant contributor in zoo-based conservation science and learning.”