Arboretum pavilion built on bushfire devastated land

Arboretum pavilion built on bushfire devastated land

A pavilion with a spiked roof by Australian firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects is a feature of the country’s new National Arboretum on the outskirts of Canberra.

It was developed in partnership with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean and the designers transformed an area of bushfire-damaged land to create a botanical garden displaying a collection of endangered trees and plants.

The pointed pavilion is situated on a plateau called the Event Terrace, which was excavated below the ridge of a nearby hill to minimise the impact of the built structures on the landscape.

“The roof shape is a defined contrast to the rolling topography of the site,” said the architects. “The pointed roof will be an emphatic pause in the sweep of the Arboretum’s landscape in this precinct.”

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