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Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

Mosman, NSW

Timber pod structures, a first for a NSW government-owned building.

The new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga was designed to showcase Australia’s biodiversity and promote conservation education. The development features a new native Australian wildlife sanctuary, along with an elegant eco-retreat, building on the popularity of the Zoo’s existing Roar and Snore and Zoofari Lodge overnight experiences.

Our engineers undertook the structural design which features extensive use of exposed timber materials.

The five accommodation “pods” comprise of 62 guest rooms in total. The pods vary in height between two and four storeys and utilise load-bearing CLT walls and CLT floor panel framing fully integrated with structural steel and in-situ concrete elements externally.

The central guest lodge, the focal point of the Retreat, was designed with a composite glulam timber and structural steel framed roof, clad with zinc sheeting.

Client: Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Architect: Cox Architecture

Builder: Taylor Construction

Completion: 2019

Sector: Hotels & Resorts, Government & Public, Sports & Leisure

Services: Timber, Structural, Civil, Façade


  • 2020 – Timber Design Awards – Australian Certified Timber Award
  • 2020 – NSW Architecture Award – Commendations for Sustainable Architecture