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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 of 2014, this $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 colours from Dandenong Forest river red gums 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 Carter), this precinct has become the new civic heart for Greater Dandenong, and has received many national and state architectural and design awards.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12pm-5pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Council Chambers and meeting rooms; Library and Harmony Square

  • Tour Details: Tours at (sat) 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm (sun) 12noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, running for 40minutes, in groups of15

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 2014

  • Website: rushwright.com, lyonsarch.com.au

  • Transport: Dandenong Train Station.

  • Photo Credit: Images by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

Location

225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong 3175, VIC

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