The Green Heart of Darwin

The recently-released Civic and State Square Masterplan reflects our unique history, culture and lifestyle and establishes a beautiful green heart in Darwin City. The Masterplan maps out how the city centre will be revitalised and transformed into a cool and shady oasis, with work starting in late 2019.

The State Square overhaul is a critical part of the historic $200 million City Deal, delivered in partnership with the Australian Government and City of Darwin.

Taylor Cullity Lethlean Limited, in partnership with Troppo Architects, Hully Liveris Design, and Irwin Consult Engineering Consultants designed the Masterplan based on consultation with the community.

Key features of the Masterplan include:

  • Large shaded lawns with the space for events of up to 7000 people
  • A signature Art Gallery featuring a Grand Verandah showcasing the Territory’s art collections and also travelling exhibitions
  • An expressive Central Heart with a large sculptural shade structure inspired by the vortex of a cyclone pattern
  • A Billabong Garden showcasing plants of the Territory
  • A cafe space with room for displays, pop-ups and stalls
  • An interactive water-feature offering a chance to cool down, with playful seating reminiscent of the unfurling of cycad and fern fronds
  • Night time star-like lighting reminiscent of the Top End’s wide open skies
  • A playful water wall which when illuminated becomes a canvas for the Territory’s living history
  • Sheltered walkways
  • Shaded and sculptural gardens

Community feedback on how the new spaces can be used is now invited through the exhibition at the Activate Darwin Hub in Smith Street Mall.

The redevelopment of Civic and State Square will be delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin. The Darwin City Deal will also see the establishment of a Charles Darwin University campus and student accommodation in the CBD.

Masterplan CBD

CBD Central heart

Darwin City Activation

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