The National Arboretum's new pavilion in Canberra

The National Arboretum's new pavilion in Canberra

A unique building on the outskirts of the Australian capital

Image: De Zeen

A pavilion with a spiked roof by Australian firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects has recently been constructed along the scenic landscaped site of the new National Arboretum in Canberra

The futuristic pavilion is one of two buildings designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects for the National Arboretum project, developed in partnership with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean. 

The design team transformed an area of bushfire-damaged land to create a botanical terrain that holds a collection of endangered trees and plants.

The Australian building's main architectural feature is its dramatic roof-line which provides an unusual focal point, designing a building that can be used for a variety of events including parties, weddings and ceremonies.

The architects described the unique shape of the building, stating that, "[The pavilion's] roof shape is a defined contrast to the rolling topography of the site," also adding, "The pointed roof will be an emphatic pause in the sweep of the Arboretum's landscape in this precinct."

Near the pavilion is a visitor centre that contains facilities for visitor information, education spaces, a shop and a cafe. Blending into its natural landscape, the curving shape of the zinc-clad roof was designed to mimic the ribbed structure of a leaf.

"The architecture develops the long-standing tradition of significant garden buildings as transparent enclosures with dramatic internal volumes and sense of indoor-outdoor connection," the architects said.

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