Thanks for visiting.
Within the City of Perth, Australia is the CBD or Central Business District where you can find free CAT or Central Area Transit buses to take you effortlessly around the City. Outside the area you can catch buses and trains paying for the trip with a Smartrider, a bit like the London Oyster cards where you 'beep' on and off for each journey. Easy! Right in the heart of the CBD next to the railway station and bus port is the Yagan Centre, only opened in March 2018.
There is a strong Aboriginal feeling to the design which includes stories from the Whadjuk people, part of the Noongar Indigenous Australians, who were living in the South Western corner of Australia and were the traditional owners of the land. Yagan was the name of the Noongar leader.
Looking at the design, the columns within the 45 m digital tower represent the reeds of the area and the 14 Noongar languages, the canopies symbolise the lakes that used to be there and the Square is full of native plants.
Let's have a look.
There's a community feel in the area with all the restaurants, shops, meeting areas and children's play areas, plus there's all that shade created, a must in the hot weather.
This van was laden with native flowers for sale.
Above is the 9 m high statue Wirin designed by Noongar artist Tjyllyungoo which represents the "sacred force of creative power that connects all life of boodja (mother earth)".
My photos don't do it justice as it's quite tricky to get a good picture. Here's a photo from ArchitectureAU to give you an idea from above a model.
The colours of the materials used blend so well with the station.