14 November 2014

Historic lakes inspire design for Yagan Square

A digital canopy inspired by the lake system that ran through the CBD until the 1800s is one of the key design features of Perth’s newest public space, Yagan Square.

During the day, the canopy will provide shelter from the elements and in the evening it will become a spectacular lighting display depicting the area’s history.

The new square will also include a range of event spaces for up to 8,500 people, an amphitheatre, fresh food market, children’s play area, native gardens, water feature, cycling centre, public art and a digital tower with the capability to broadcast real-time events.

Releasing the designs today, Premier Colin Barnett said Yagan Square would provide a unique Western Australian experience and a window into the local Noongar culture and traditions.

“Yagan Square will become a destination for people to meet and connect with the State’s heritage, environment and culture,” Mr Barnett said. “Significant consultation with the community, including extensive engagement with the traditional owners, has contributed to the design.”

A number of elements incorporate stories from the Whadjuk Noongar people, exploring the themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape. This will include tracks that represent the area’s history as a place for hunting and gathering.

Planning Minister John Day said Yagan Square would become the meeting place it once was with tens of thousands of people expected to move through the space every day.

“The area will be more than a transport connection and thoroughfare between the CBD and Northbridge. It will be a meeting place for residents and visitors to Perth,” Mr Day said.

The design, intended to provide the best public amenity possible, includes a market as one of the biggest attractions, offering a range of fresh local produce and dining experiences.

Outside the market, a public plaza will provide a dynamic atmosphere day and night with pop-up retailers, food trucks, light projections and regular events. The upper level includes an amphitheatre for public events, children’s play area, natural forest canopy and water feature. The Horseshoe Bridge archways will be used for shops, cafes and a bike parking centre.

View images and find out more about Yagan Square.

Fact File

  • Yagan Square is named after the prominent Noongar warrior leader
  • The 1.1 hectare square is located in the ‘arms’ of the Horseshoe Bridge
  • It forms part of the Perth City Link project and will be near the entry points for the Perth train station and underground bus port
  • Construction will start in mid-2015 and the square is expected to open early 2017