Midland Railway Square
Full Landscape Architectural Services
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
Midland, Perth WA
2018 AILA National Landscape Award
Category: Civic and Cultural Heritage
Railway Square is a new public space located at the Railway Workshops in Midland. The square is located in the former shunting yards when trains were shunted into and out of the workshops and is recognised as an important twentieth century industrial heritage site of state and national significance.
Railway Square has received numerous awards including the AILA WA Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape, AILA WA Award of Excellence for Cultural Heritage and the WE-EF After Dark WA/NT/SA Award celebrating the best of Australian landscape architectural lighting.
Under the guidance of the MRA and a design team lead by PLACE Laboratory, Railway Square is being transformed into a new civic heart for Midland, providing a destination public space surrounded by restaurants, cafes, a hotel, apartments and the heritage listed buildings. The design of the square brings together storytelling and place activation to create an inviting space for everyday use by locals and a high-performance event space capable of hosting larger events for the broader community.
Set against the historical backdrop of Block One, the design of Railway Square interprets the former use of the space through industrial materials, custom rail furniture, artworks and interpretative rail lines that run through the space. The rail lines have been designed to tell the stories of the site:
The combination of the interpretive lines together with a large-scale shelter constructed of recycled timber from the workshops, custom lighting and furniture, transplant trees, event infrastructure and an industrial material palette creates a contemporary civic and event space for Midland and surround communities.
Photography: Dion Robeson and Kurt McRae