City of Greater Dandenong Civic Precinct, Harmony Square and Library

Architect: Rush Wright Pty Ltd, Lyons Architecture with Material Thinking

City of Greater Dandenong | GD01



Completed and opened in March in 2014, this new $65 million municipal building in central Dandenong houses a state-of-the-art library, council chambers, and offices. It sits adjacent to the modern open plaza of Harmony Square which is fitted with a large-scale LED screen framing a performance space and stage. There are numerous references to the local Indigenous landscape throughout the building and civic square, in particular, the use of the Dandenong Forest river red gum colours in the façade of the building, the comic-like brown tree trunks that support the corrugated red canopy, and the use of timber to clad the interior of the building. The Civic Square paving pattern was designed by artist Paul Carter who also developed the paving pattern in Federation Square. Drawing inspiration from Aboriginal possum skin cloak maps, Carter’s design reflects the textile patterns found in retail shops which commonly offer alterations as part of their services. Designed by Rush Wright P/L (lead on the square design) and Lyons Architecture (lead on the building design) with Material Thinking (artist Paul Cater), this precinct has become the new civic heart for Greater Dandenong, and has received many national and state architecture and design awards.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am - 5pm & Sun 12pm - 5pm

  • What's Open: Civic Precinct, Harmony Square, Council Chambers, Dandenong Library, Garner Lane

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

  • Tour Details: Guided tours 20 people per tour for approximetly 60 minutes.

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 2014

  • Tram Stops: Dandenong Train Station.

Location

225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong 3175, VIC

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