Upper Entrance Building and former tram shelter
Completion: 2009 - 2012
Client: Taronga Conservation Society
Conservation & Adaptive Re-use
Taronga Zoo was established on the northern shore of
Sydney Harbour in 1916. As part of the ongoing program
to sustain and develop this world class zoo, the upper entry
precinct is underwent extensive refurbishment.
As part of this redevelopment, Design 5 worked with Bligh
Voller Nield to document conservation and repair works to
the highly significant Upper Entrance Building
and the former tram shelter.
Works included the removal of intrusive elements, such
as internal partitioning, awnings, verandah enclosures
and unsightly plumbing, and reconstruction of some of the
missing original details, such as the decorative plasterwork
that features many of the animals housed at the zoo and
the southern verandah that overlooks the zoo. The original
entrance foyer, with its moulded animal heads and decorative
terrazzo floor, was also restored.
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