Yagan Square is destined to become a popular community drawcard and an internationally recognised tourism icon when it opens this year.
Tucked within the arms of the Horsehoe Bridge, this exciting new showpiece is part of the Perth City Link project that aspires to connect the CBD to Northbridge.
Its stunning, modern design and multiple attractions are sure to see Yagan Square featured in Perth tourist brochures as a place unlike anywhere else.
Yagan Square opens a window to the world of Noongar culture. There is a strong Aboriginal narrative running through the Square with a focus on stories of the Whadjuk people – stories that explore and depict themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape.
But the Square is not a museum, nor is it merely a transit point for the thousands of workers and residents connecting with public transport or walking between the CBD and Northbridge. It will be an inviting and lively meeting place in the heart of Perth where locals and visitors can connect with, and celebrate, Western Australian culture.
Features include a market hall, native gardens, water feature, public art, and a digital tower and canopies which will provide a stunning canvas to tell the stories of Perth and WA through digital art and interactive content.
The $74 million Square will be a hub of activity both during the day and at night with cafes, restaurants, pop-ups and shopping providing plenty of things to see and do. It will come alive with a spectacular lighting display on the underside of the canopies and the iconic Digital Tower. It will also host regular events, performances and celebrations across its various event spaces.
Yagan was an Indigenous Australian warrior from the Noongar people. In the early 1800s, he played a key part in early resistance to British colonial settlement and rule in the area surrounding what is now Perth.
The Perth City Link project involved the sinking of the Fremantle Railway line and the Wellington Street Bus Terminal, and creating a development area of 13ha between the Perth Arena and the Horseshoe Bridge. The $1.73 billion project will accommodate Kings Square, a commercial hub which will connect retail precincts in King Street and Lake Street, Northbridge. There is 24,000m of retail space for shops cafes and bars. Some 1650 residential apartments will be constructed, creating an inner-city neighbourhood.
Roe and Wellington Street will also be re-developed as part of the project.