Friday, 21 December 2018

Yagan Square

Hello

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.






There are so many places to sit or views to see, it's a beautiful place and such a great place to meet people who are passing through the area by bus or train.

Cheerio

7 comments:

  1. A great opportunity to see the newly-built Yagan Centre when on your public transport travels around Perth. The photo of the design model is very helpful. I enjoyed the tour and appreciated each area; the architectural features and the plants. The statue Wirin and the tall construction with the different angles of colour are impressive. Are those grass trees in photo 7? They're unusual and will look good when they've grown some more.

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    1. The trees are xanthorrhea preissi grass trees, one of which is 300 years old! Aren't they wonderful.

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    2. Wow! I think the trees and flowers of Australia must be amazing to see. What a wonderful time you had there this year!

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  2. The transport system sounds wonderful and a great way for getting around. The tall statue is wonderful and the whole area looks fascinating:)

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    1. It's so easy to get about with that type of card and you don't need to know all the names of the stops either!

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  3. What a great area. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design and the transport system sounds good.

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    1. It looks so much better when you're there. 😊

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