Key design elements and inspiration
The design for the new Herbarium is being created by leading Australian architecture firm, Architectus, with Richard Leplastrier and Craig Burton in conjunction with FDC Construction & Fitout.
The seed pod of NSW’s floral emblem, the Waratah, is the main inspiration for the design of the new Institute, which includes ecologically sensitive and energy saving features.
A key feature of the new herbarium facility is protective vaults made of thermal mass materials to shield the growing collection of over 1.4 million plant specimens from bushfires and other extreme temperature events.
The final designs will be carried out over coming months, with construction works due to begin later this year.
In preparation for the move, the 1.4 million plant specimens are also becoming high resolution digital images, which is the largest herbarium imaging project in the southern hemisphere.
Keep up to date with the digitisation project here or hit play and listen the Garden's Branch Out podcast episode 'unlocking the power of plant data' below.