Located in the heart of the CBD, Forrest Place is Perth’s premier civic space used for small scale events through to major public celebrations. The redevelopment creates a more legible square, free from clutter, providing a welcoming space for people to inhabit all year round.
The City of Perth’s design brief to GHD Woodhead detailed the requirement to remodel what was a run down part of the city into a vibrant, dynamic plaza. The aim of this urban project was to reinstate the space itself as a destination and support the surrounding urban fabric.
The space is conceived in four main areas including station forecourt, stage area, plaza and urban lounge. The four spaces are configured on the longitudinal axis and fringed at the building edges by pedestrian walkways. The axis from the centre of the station façade has been reinforced by the introduction of new artwork by James Angus titled ‘Grow Your Own’, the stage and canopy. The Water Labyrinth, a fountain designed by Jeppe Hein, marks the intersection of this longitudinal axis and the natural cross axis formed by entrances to the GPO and Myer department store. Wellington Street levels are raised to integrate with finished surface level of the main plaza, with pedestrian flows taking precedence over vehicular traffic.