The CSIRO Collections Lab is a hands-on space for children to explore the world of scientific collections. Within the Lab, children undertake a series of activities showing them how and why these collections are made.
Greenery surrounds the circular atrium space. Our design concept places the visitor in the centre of this space, with the activity benches radiating out in concentric circles. A light-box covered with images of natural flora and fauna sits in the first circle. The images can be traced, sketched and explored. Moving out from the centre, the curved benches create an easy movement flow so that visitors can weave in and out throughout the entire space.
High-quality, hard-wearing finishes will keep the Collections Lab looking fresh over the years, and the white, gold and pale timber scheme acts as a foil to the flashes of vibrant colour in the graphics. The space is an inviting yet simple canvas allowing the hands-on activities to develop and change freely.
The overall feel is open, welcoming and inclusive, inspiring the next generation of scientists and collectors.