Dandenong Civic Centre



Architect:

Rush\wright Associate

Builder:

Watpac

Manufacturer:

Austral Bricks

Bricks Used:

Commercial Range 65mm - Firestone Red

Building Contractor:

Image Paving

Photography Credits:

Michael Wright


The Dandenong Civic Centre project is the centerpiece of the 'Revitalising Central Dandenong' initiative of Places Victoria. This project sets a new benchmark for the design of civic space outside the traditional 'European' Melbourne. The City of Greater Dandenong is characterised by cultural diversity, including significant ethnic immigrant groups from India, Africa and Afghanistan. The project sought to interpret this extraordinary milieu through an urban tapestry of different pavement types. The project team strategically arranged bricks in large alternating colour bands to create 'mats' at street entry points within the plaza. These beautifully juxtaposed with the project's central 'ecumenical carpet', which comprises of granite setts laid to an intricate pattern. Brick pavers laid in this way provides a sense of scale, contrast, colour saturation and visual warmth against the smaller and soft muted colours of the granite. The use of brick successfully contributes to and enhances the plaza design by generating 'welcome carpets' that herald a warm and exciting sense of arrival to this significant civic space. Landscape Architect: Rush Wright Associates Key Partners: Lyons Architecture + Material Thinking Masonry Contractor: Image Paving Builder: Watpac Brick Pavers: Austral Bricks 65mm (Commercial Brown, Firestone Red and Straw)