Taronga Zoo, Institute of Science and Learning


Taylor Construction Group



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The Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo comprises part of the Zoo’s $150m Centenary Revitalisation Plan which provides a world-class teaching and research facility and place of national significance.

The project aims at inspiring and educating the next generation of conservation scientists, from early learning right through to tertiary and beyond, and its design involved the delicate integration of newly built facilities with existing administration spaces.

The centre includes several specialised immersive teaching spaces which allow direct observation and interaction with animals. Additionally, there are research and teaching laboratories, administrative offices and multimedia meeting rooms and a 300 seat lecture theatre. The co-location of teaching facilities and state-of-the-art research labs aims to create tangible links between theory and practice and encourage the integration of STEM education with industry level research.

Taronga Zoo Institute of Science and Learning was opened in October 2018 by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Our Scope

Marshall Day Acoustics was engaged as part of the Design & Construct contract to provide an overall acoustic design commensurate with the 5 Star Greenstar design standard, across all facility spaces. These included:

  • Lecture theatre
  • Laboratories
  • Cryogenic facilities
  • Teaching laboratories
  • Meeting and office spaces

The acoustic design comprises internal separation, isolation from external noise, rain noise control, room acoustics and mechanical services acoustic design.


  • Control of reverberation within large open office and activated atria spaces with significant levels of glazing
  • Balancing the acoustic amenity of quiet focussed research spaces adjacent to learning facilities
  • Effective control of complex mechanical services noise within small ceiling voids
  • Designing affordable and effective room acoustic solutions in keeping with the Architect’s timber focused design intent