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Designs revealed for new Taronga Wildlife Retreat

Designs revealed for new Taronga Wildlife Retreat
April 17, 2016

The Taronga Conservation Society Australia has unveiled designs for a new Australian native wildlife exhibit and overnight accommodation facilities for Taronga Zoo.

The proposed Taronga Wildlife Retreat will include five new accommodation pods, a guest lodge and a restaurant designed by Cox Architecture, surrounding a proposed new exhibit designed by Green and Dale Associates.

The new precinct will be located at the eastern edge of the zoo, adjacent to the existing Taronga Centre and will include a new four-storey structure housing kitchen and dining facilities will be added to the Taronga Centre.

The proposed buildings are designed to recede into the landscape, putting priority on the Australian wildlife exhibit. The guest lodge will be a single-storey circular structure incorporating the base of an existing pavilion that was once a fountain.

The accommodation pods, which range from two to four storeys in height and contain sixty-two rooms, will be clad in reconstituted timber and perforated metal blades. To camouflage the buildings, native planted green screens will cover the northern facades of the pods and wrap over the roofs.

Proposed Taronga Wildlife Retreat by Cox Architecture and Green and Dale Associates.

The Australian wildlife exhibit is designed to stimulate visitor interest in Australia’s biodiversity. It will feature an Australian rainforest landscape with platypus pools, a freshwater eel display, an aviary, a disguised koala enclosure and animal encounters with echidnas, potoroos, bandicoots, wallabies, red kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.

The scheme is part of a $150 million centenary masterplan to redevelop the popular Sydney attraction with  projects in the pipeline includinge a new Sumatran tiger experience and the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. Taronga Zoo will celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary in October 2016.

The designs for the Taronga Wildlife Retreat are currently on exhibition for public feedback until 23rd May 2016.

The Taronga Wildlife Retreat is an addition to the zoo’s existing overnight accommodation offerings, which include the Roar and Snore experience Taronga Zoo and the Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Taronga Zoo will celebrate its 100th anniversary in October 2016.

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Image: An artist's impression of the proposed retreat (Courtesy by Cox Architecture and Green and Dale Associates).

9th February 2016 - TARONGA ZOO OFFERS GUEST LIST PLACES FOR ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

2nd January 2016  - TARONGA ZOO OFFERS $1 BIRTHDAY ENTRY THROUGH ITS CENTENARY YEAR

8th December 2015 - TARONGA ZOO LOOKS TO DEVELOP WILDLIFE RETREAT ACCOMMODATION EXPERIENCE

30th November 2015 - TARONGA ZOO AND TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO RECOGNISED AT NSW TOURISM AWARDS


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