We are very exited to announce the new $16.8M Monarto Safari Park Visitor Centre will welcome wanders at the end of March.
The design by architectural firm Intro and Studio-gram is a celebration of cultures and how the connection of Indigenous land and African fauna have been designed to create a place for interpretation, exploration and to instil Monarto Safari Park’s messages of conservation.
The building organically sweeps around a central outdoor ‘heart’ space designed as a place to gather, interact, play and relax after a day of exploring.
The design includes a gallery, seminar space, café, gift shop and an elevated balcony overlooking the open air amphitheatre and the Safari Park.
The Visitor Centre blends beautifully with the Monarto Mallee plains with the use of natural materials such as rammed earth and corten steel. Rammed earth also provides passive cooling and insulating properties with little to no ongoing maintenance.
Working with the designer and the client, we maximised optimal orientation with high performance double-glazed windows amongst other materials to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.
The centre is fitted with high efficiency heating and cooling units which, along with the rest of the building, are run by electricity provided by renewable technology initiatives. Rainwater is collected and used for the toilets and irrigation delivered through water efficient taps and fixtures.
The Visitor Centre is the first stage of the Safari Park's major redevelopment and will be yet another drawcard for the Park which attracts around 160,000 local, national and international visitors in a normal year.
We are thrilled to be working with Zoos SA, Intro Architects, Studio-gram and the entire consulting team on this exciting major tourism drawcard. Every single visit to Monarto Safari Park helps to fund the vital work that the organisation undertakes to save animals from extinction.