Construction is underway on the Ian Potter National Conservatory at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.
Project Coordination Australia will undertake the build over the next 18 months with completion of the spectacular building expected in late 2022.
Australian National Botanic Gardens Manager Peter Byron said the National Conservatory would be a national and international showcase.
“We can’t wait to see the National Conservatory’s stunning ‘floating cube’ design take shape,” Mr Byron said.
“This project will allow us to display tropical flora from some of Australia’s most famous national parks and remote locations for Canberrans and visitors to the capital.
“Tropical plant species from Kakadu National Park, the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland, Christmas Island and other exotic locations, are expected to be a tourism draw card for the Gardens while also operating as a world-class research facility for rare and threatened Australian tropical plants.”
The Gardens is one of Canberra’s most popular national institutions attracting more than half-a-million visitors each year.
Australian National Botanic Gardens Nursery Manager Joe McAuliffe said the National Conservatory’s central gallery would replicate the conditions of a tropical rainforest and visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and scents of the tropics.
“We’ve already collected and propagated an array of threatened tropical plants for the Conservatory and some of these species will be on public display for the first time,” Mr McAuliffe said.
“We have the biggest collection of native Australian plants in the world at the Gardens and this project through representation of our tropical flora allows us to grow the collection even more.”
The $12 million project is funded by the Australian Government through the Director of National Parks and a $1.9 million grant from The Ian Potter Foundation. This remains the largest donation ever received by the Australian National Botanic Gardens in its 50-year history.
Founded in the ACT in 1975, Project Coordination Australia is an award-winning building firm which received major recognition for the construction of the National Arboretum Visitor Centre. Sydney-based architects CHROFI is responsible for the Conservatory’s unique design.
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