Taronga Wildlife Retreat

Mosman, NSW

New Australian habitat exhibit and eco-tourist facility at Taronga Zoo

Designed to showcase Australia’s biodiversity and promote conservation education, the project features a new native Australian bushwalk-inspired exhibit, along with a wildlife accommodation retreat, which builds on the popularity of the zoo’s existing Roar and Snore and Zoofari Lodge overnight experiences.

The Wildlife Retreat will include five accommodation ‘pods’ between two and four storeys, with 62 guest rooms, a guest lodge and an extension to the existing Taronga Centre with a new restaurant and function room with outdoor terrace. The timber pod structures utilise load-bearing CLT walls and CLT floor panels, a first for a government owned building in NSW.

Set amongst a new world-class zoo exhibit, the pods are delicately inserted into the Sydney Harbour foreshore natural landscape. The new exhibit features native flora and fauna, and wildlife including, koalas, echidnas, potoroos, bandicoots, wallabies, red kangaroos and Tasmanian devils.

Client: Taronga Zoo

Architect: Cox Architecture

Completion: 2019

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

Services: Timber, Structural, Civil, Façade