The long-awaited Yagan Square, designed by Lyons in collaboration with Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and landscape architects Aspect Studios, is the new “heart of Perth,” said WA premier Mark McGowan.
First proposed more than ten years ago, the inner-city square officially opened to the public in March 2018 with a traditional Whadjuk welcome and ceremony, and has since been visited by tens of thousands of locals and tourists.
Situated between the Perth railway station, Horseshoe Bridge and the Perth Busport in the eastern part of the Perth City Link precinct, Yagan Square provides a direct connection between the CBD and Northbridge, and improves access to transport links and Perth Arena.
Lined with seating and trees, the public space features a market hall of international cuisine and local produce, a 45-metre digital tower and canopy, an amphitheatre and a children’s playscape.
The design of the space, delivered in collaboration with the Whadjuk Working Party, seeks to provide a place for people to “meet, discover and celebrate Western Australia’s unique local produce, culture and heritage.”
“This project has formed a place of recognition for the Whadjuk story,” said Lyons project director Neil Appleton. “ It is a meeting place for people from all walks of life.
“Yagan Square is a major focal point that will bring together a diverse range of cultures into one event space.”
The precinct’s food market hall, designed in collaboration with Maddison Architects, acknowledges the site’s past uses as a food source and meeting place.
Yagan Square is a project of the state government and was delivered by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, with a final cost of $73.5 million.
“Yagan Square is an incredibly exciting place to visit and experience,” said McGowan at the time of opening. “The incorporation of Noongar culture, the Western Australian landscape and some of our finest gourmet produce will make Yagan Square a huge drawcard for interstate and overseas visitors…”