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TARONGA ZOO
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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