NBRS Designing World Class Research Facility for Taronga Zoo
NBRSARCHITECTURE is designing the innovative Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, a world class facility that will cater to researchers, students, the public and VIP’s.
The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL), a $30 million project funded by the NSW Government and Taronga Conservation Society, will provide immersive experiences for children and creative partnerships with universities, setting Taronga apart from other science and research institutions.
‘The Institute will enable Taronga to expand on its strengths in science and education, increase the zoo’s ability to undertake leading research and inspire individuals and communities to secure a future for wildlife’ (Taronga).
While working closely with Taronga Zoo throughout the master planning process, NBRSARCHITECTURE has produced a concept design that improves global recognition through innovation in science, research and education. The three-storey building has been designed with the environment in mind and will incorporate nature-reflective colours and materials that blend in with the existing structures. “The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning will be built to an environmentally sensitive design that allows the building to step down the site, retaining a similar height to the zoo’s existing Education Centre” (Taronga).
The state-of-the-art research facility will include immersive learning spaces and tech labs encouraging interactive experiences for students of all ages. “The facility will support a range of learning programs for students from kindergarten to PhD level as well as the public, and provide facilities including: Tech labs for the study of animal welfare and conservation science, facilities to support in-house and partner organisations working on the ground, and themed immersive learning spaces for school children” (Taronga).
The TISL is included in the first part of Taronga’s Centenary Revitalisation Plan, which is set to be completed in 2018. It is envisaged that through this plan, Taronga will be able to ‘secure a future for wildlife by expanding on its science and educational strengths, increasing the zoo’s ability to undertake leading research and inspire individuals and communities’ (Taronga).
(Quotes derived from Taronga Conservation Society )