ANBG announce new addition to the gardens

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The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) has announced a new addition to the gardens – a recycled timber treehouse gazebo.

Sitting among a stand of paperbark trees three metres above the ground, the Friends of the Gardens initiated the specially commissioned treehouse for families to enjoy.

Its construction is part of the Gardens’ 20 year Master Plan.

Sydney-based architecture and design company Cave Urban’s design featuring recycled timber preserved by Yakisugi, the traditional Japanese technique for carbonising wood has won a national design competition conducted by the Friends of the Gardens.

“The treehouse gazebo and surrounding landscaping will create a wonderful nature play area for children and their families,” said Lesley Jackman, President of the Friends of the Gardens

Cave Urban architect Nici Long said the use of charred timber will be a feature of the treehouse. “It is not only a symbol of bushfire and regeneration, it also preserves the timber and provides a textural finish that actually reduces the fire risk,” Ms Long said.

Construction of the Treehouse Gazebo commences in July with completion in October this year.

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