The Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden

January 16, 2017

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Coined ‘a jewel in the Garden’, The Calyx project was the redevelopment of the existing Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. This striking visitor attraction – is Australia’s first dedicated horticultural display centre – a living art gallery.

Won through a design competition, Cockram engaged PTW Architects, Structural Engineer: BG&E and Landscape Architects: McGregor Coxall to design this highly flexible building, using elements of the original Arc Glasshouse, while retaining the design quality, integrity and innovation of the existing structure.

Works included:

  • Refurbished greenhouse & additional greenhouse space
  • Outdoor display
  • Educational space
  • Interconnected / adaptable rooms for horticultural display & other uses
  • Reception area
  • Amenities + warm up kitchen + storage
  • Loading dock + associated services areas

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The resulting building is a highly flexible, multipurpose space that can be easily adapted for exhibitions, educational experiences, functions, corporate entertainment and the like.

This new world-class attraction opened in June 2016 and was the major legacy project of the Garden’s 200th birthday celebration program.

Cockram and our design team, in co-operation with the client and their project manager have delivered a high quality bespoke, circular, public building that represents the design and construction philosophy, operating at its very best.

For more information on the project – click HERE
For information on current exhibitions – click HERE

Photography: John Gollings