Taronga Conservation Society
Commissioned to acknowledge and celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, the Centenary Theatre promotes the significant and broad ranging work of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. The 160-seat capacity theatre was conceived as a building in the round, prominent from all sides.
The softly-rounded, timber-clad form has a wide overhanging roof that follows the site contours. Integral to the design are the extensive queuing and gathering spaces on the steeply-sloping site accommodating visitors at peak times. Robust public spaces blur perceptions of indoors and outdoors, offering visitors some of the zoo’s most iconic views.
Raw materials have been used throughout the project and include honed concrete, timber cladding and blades, mild steel plate vestibules and textured fibre cement panelling. The theatre is anchored by a smooth, off form concrete floor slab supported on powerful v-shaped tapered columns, offering a dramatic presence outside the immediate theatre precinct.
Project Architects, Design Development, Documentation and Delivery: Tanner Kibble Denton Architects
Concept Design and DA: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Photography: Brett Boardman Photography