The challenge was to bring a concept into 3-dimensional space in a way that was accessible, durable and safe for the Botanic Garden’s many visitors each year.
A significant attraction
South Australia’s most visited cultural and scientific institution is the Adelaide Botanic Garden. With more than 50,000 school children visiting each year. Since 1857 the garden has provided the City of Adelaide with an attractive destination of significant importance to both the scientific and tourism industries.
Since the mid-1800’s the Adelaide Botanic Gardens have been home to the Victoria Amazonica Waterlily, a “natural wonder” of the plant kingdom and key drawcard for visitors to the gardens each year. The Botanic Garden’s commitment to conservation and education provides a range of scientists and tens of thousands of school children with opportunities for learning and growth in their own understanding of the plant kingdom, each year.
A learning experience
The First Creek Wetland project was established in 2013 as a unique opportunity to connect visitors with the critical role that plants play in the water cycle and learn more about wetlands. Providing an accessible example of the ecosystem services provided by plants the garden also highlights the challenges we all face with water shortages. The collection holds 20,000 plants, most of which are Australian natives.
The project aims for effective integration between botanists, horticulturists, ecologists, educationalists and interpretive and landscape designers to complement the Gardens’ cultural landscapes. In addition, educational signs and installations explain the wetland and aquifer system and the importance of wetlands to the natural ecosystem. The result provides an innovative, engaging and relevant learning experience.
A story to tell
Diadem worked closely with David Lancashire Design – who undertook interpretive design to tell the story – to develop shop drawings that met the accessibility, durability and safety requirements while remaining within budget. Diadem completed the construction documentation and managed speciality fabricators to implement a challenging array of various components including glazed interpretive signs, the manufacture and implementation of the interactive elements.
Diadem implemented a challenging array of various components including glazed interpretive signs, the Aquatic Tank Glass Sinks, Educational Zone Terraced Steps, Reed Rods, Amphitheatre Wall panels, and Pedestrian bridge handrail panels. The scope included Construction Documentation, Appointment of Specialist Fabricators, Project Management of fabrication and implementation, Quality Assurance, Stakeholder liaison, Consideration of environmental management and EPA-approved standards.
The focus for us was staying true to and realising the design intent, overseeing the manufacture and install of all elements. Our integrated services model and our ability to recommend and advise on various materials and applications assisted our tight commercial management. Diadem also demonstrated an understanding of sensitive environments and sustainability practices wherever possible.
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