Construction is underway
Yagan Square construction started in February 2016. Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD – within the arms of the Horseshoe Bridge – it will be one of the city’s most popular community, meeting and celebration places.
At just over one hectare in size, Yagan Square is a major public space to be created as part of the Perth City Link project. More than just a transit area for the thousands of workers and residents connecting with public transport or walking between the CBD and Northbridge – Yagan Square will be a place to have fun, meet, play, eat and shop from a showcase of WA produce.
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Be part of Yagan Square
Yagan Square will see the return of food markets, community and city life to the heart of the CBD.
The city's new heart
Yagan Square will be a place unlike anywhere else in the city.
Yagan Square will be a hub of activity both during the day and at night with cafes, restaurants, pop-up shops and kiosks providing plenty of things to see and do. At night, the Square will come alive with a spectacular lighting installation on the underside of the shade canopies and the iconic Digital Tower. The Square will also host regular events, performances and celebrations across its various event spaces, which can cater for a range of activities for up to 8,500 people.
Meet, connect, celebrate
Yagan Square will see the return of food, community and city life to the Horseshoe Bridge. It will be an inviting and lively meeting place where locals and visitors can connect with, and celebrate, Western Australian culture.
Yagan Square will offer a range of experiences – from green spaces for relaxation and play, to permanent markets, kiosks, cafes, interactive digital media, native gardens and engaging public art.
The ultimate design responds to the nearly 2,000 responses received from the public via an online engagement tool during the planning stages.
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A showcase of Western Australia
Yagan Square will be a celebration of Western Australian history, lifestyle, landscape and produce. The design of Yagan Square reflects the natural landscape of WA – from unique geology, colours, textures and natural materials, to native wildflowers and the best of WA produce.
Native trees and plants including a WA wildflower garden
Enjoy the best of WA fresh produce in the markets, cafes and restaurants
Landscaping will showcase the diversity of WA materials.
A window into Noongar culture
A cultural engagement process for the Yagan Square design created opportunities for involvement by the Whadjuk Working Party and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.
There is a strong Aboriginal narrative that runs through the square which incorporates stories from the Whadjuk people - the traditional owners of the land - exploring themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape; all of which shape and create a strong sense of place. These stories have influenced and contributed to various elements of Yagan Square, creating a unique space that is reflective of both culture and history.
Named after the Noongar warrior leader Yagan, and is one of the first spaces in the city named after an Aboriginal person.
Symbolises the reeds and bulrushes once found here. It's made up of 14 ‘reeds’ representing the 14 language groups of the Noongar nation.
Symbolises the lake system which originally occupied the site.
The selection of culturally important native vegetation and tree species which reflect the site's history.
The ‘tracks’ and ‘meeting place’ (amphitheatre) acknowledge the area's history as a place of hunting and gathering.
Public art to engage and inspire
Highly engaging, interactive and immersive public art will abound throughout Yagan Square - from video, digital art and sculpture, to water features, pavement treatments, projections and Aboriginal art.