Design Firm: NBRS Architecture
Building: Taylor Construction
Completed: June 2018
The newly completed Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (TISL) project is part of the Zoo’s Centenary Revitalisation Plan and reinforces Taronga's vision of leadership and zoo-based conservation science and learning.
The innovation vision of the centre was brought to life by NBRS Architecture’s concept for the facility - the discovery of patterns in nature. The incorporated patterns of are best demonstrated in the large 'hive' designed the foyer, as well as the environmental graphics and room details. We supplied breakout furniture, outdoor seating and tables, industry tech stools, meeting and classroom tables, and task seating.
Considered natural materiality ensures minimal visual impact and creates a harmonious relationship between the built form and the Sydney sandstone environment. The building facade allows light to flood in through showing the wonderful landscape that surrounds the facility. Breakout furniture that was provided by TCW is extensive and crosses a wide range of uses. The facility is designed to cater for internal staff needs and workspaces, clever integration of animal friendly zones, as well as greater community and education spaces. It is a space designed to promote ‘cross-pollination’ of ideas between scientists, educationalists and animal carers.
The Albury and Bronte chairs are ideal as breakout furniture for casual study sessions, working and meeting rooms. Upholstered in earthy fabric colours and wooden bases made them slide into the Taronga aesthetic very well. TCW was brought into the project to offer a range of pieces that integrated with the ethos of the environment, and upheld the multi-disciplinary research and teaching spaces.
Even the Duke and Duchess are on board - http://bit.ly/Targonga-Duke-Duchess