Taronga Zoo, Mosman, NSW, Sydney
Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
Fiona Robbe Landscape Architecture
Winner – AILA The Premier’s People’s Choice Award 2014
Commendation – AIA Innovative Use of Steel in Architecture 2014
The Lemur Forest Adventure is located at the heart of the zoo, in the former seal pools. The project brings together play, conservation, education and interpretation through a consolidated experiential journey from one end to the other. It is the first walk through Lemur exhibit in Australia.
The design philosophy and brief embraces: Lemur welfare and conservation, play with focus on 8-14 year age group, Interpretation of place, animal conservation, retention and expression of the site context historically and physically.
In designing the exhibit and experience, it was important to overlay and integrate the environment of the Lemurs with the larger cultural landscape of the zoo and the layers of heritage including layout, rock shelves, walls and gardens. New elements respect the heritage layer, and the natural history of the site and region. The needs of the public and the needs of the Lemurs have been accommodated in this shared landscape.