BIOPHILIC DESIGN CASE STUDY:
Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
The Taronga Conservation Society’s (TCS) vision of ‘securing a shared future for wildlife and people’ comes to life at the Taronga Insitute of Science & Learning. The Institute supports this vision by enabling Taronga to expand its capabilities in conservation science, research, and learning in a building that inspires connection.
The building incorporates purpose-built laboratories, including a multi-disciplinary research laboratory, a teaching laboratory and cryopreserve. Cutting-edge science is on display for visitors to observe and promote the cross-pollination of ideas between departments.
The Insitute is also designed to support public and private education at all levels. School groups engage with science on display within the light-filled atrium and enjoy up-close immersive learning spaces. Education and experience were merged to create immersive habitat learning spaces – the first of their kind in the Southern Hemisphere – that blend living animal habitats with authentic learning.
It is designed for experiences that create a closer bond between students, scientists and 300 staff. The Institute intersects learning, science, and visitor hubs to create a design of natural connectedness; an inspirational environment that provides a remarkable opportunity to view science and discovery first-hand.
Evoking Nature: The hexagonal facade at the entry evokes the shell of the endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle – a species being researched at the Institute.
Evoking Nature: The ceiling of the atrium mimics the skeletal form and also controls acoustics and gently diffuses natural
light through the roof.
Evoking Nature: Vertical sun-shading screens of the exterior mimic the dappled light effect of shade cast by a tree.
Evoking Nature: The form of the main podium mimics the sandstone escarpment of the building’s location.
Project Photography: Alexander Mayes Photography courtesy NBRS. Design illustrations and graphics courtesy NBRS. Bellinger Snapping Turtle image from Taronga Zoo. All other images are stock.