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Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

Nurturing natural understanding

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The Taronga Conservation Society is about so much more than running Australia’s most famous zoo. So when designing their new Institute of Science and Learning, our goal was to bring the best of what they do together, and share it with the world.

Education and scientific discovery are at the heart of wildlife conservation, so it was important to showcase the work of Taronga in these areas.

Over three levels, converging in a large, light atrium, our design for the Institute united three distinct hubs – Learning, Science and Collaboration, to connect the zoo to the wider story.

The Science Hub showcases and benefits from the zoo’s unique data and specimens. The facility is not only for research scientists but also 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, high school, through to researchers and tertiary students to interact with the zoo. Three immersive classrooms themed around rainforest, arid and woodland habitats transform education at the Zoo and provide 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 300 staff.

In 2019 the Institute was recognised by Learning Environments Australasia and the Australian Institute of Architects as an innovative learning space.

The result is a dynamic, innovative space that connects people of all ages with the principles and practice of conservation, through closer encounters and immersive experiences.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior DesignDiscipline
EducationSector
Mosman, NSWLocation
BuiltStatus
Taronga Conservation Society of AustraliaClient
Taylor ConstructionsCollaborators
$30mBudget
Discipline
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design
Sector
Education
Location
Mosman, NSW
Status
Built
Client
Taronga Conservation Society of Australia
Collaborators
Taylor Constructions
Budget
$30m
Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards
NSW Educational Architecture Award
2019
Learning Environments Australasia
Excellence in Education Facility Design
2019
Learning Environments Australasia
New Construction/New Facility over $8m
2019
Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards
NSW Educational Architecture Award 2019
Learning Environments Australasia
Excellence in Education Facility Design 2019
Learning Environments Australasia
New Construction/New Facility over $8m 2019
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture
Sophie Orrock
Principal - Interior Design
Ewan Saunders
Associate, Education
Andrew Duffin
Director - Design
Andrew Leuchars
Director, Principal - Landscape Architecture
Sophie Orrock
Principal - Interior Design
Ewan Saunders
Associate, Education

We would love to discuss transformative educational environments with your team

Andrew Duffin

“Beauty in architecture is a beautiful mix of art and science. Fundamentally it is all about people and shelter.”