The solution needed to provide for precise environmental conditions to preserve the precious specimen collection, within a tight temperature and humidity and from complete isolation from insect infestation. In contrast to this, the facility is to be engaging for public visitation. Establishing a harmonious balance between the two presents a significant challenge.
Architectus Principal, Luke Johnson says, “It is a privilege to work on this project. Plants are central to our planet’s habitability and sustainability, and the research and visitor interaction with the new Herbarium’s extensive plant collection will facilitate positive environmental and societal outcomes for generations to come.”
Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet says, “The Herbarium houses one of the most important and significant collections of plant specimens in the world, and this purpose-built facility will ensure Australia is at the forefront of conservation and management for generations to come.”
Read the NSW Government announcement here.