Harmony Square is Dandenong’s new civic heart located centrally in Lonsdale Street and nestled amongst award winning public amenities including the Library, Municipal Offices and Drum Theatre.
The public square is a generous and welcoming community square, an exceptional meeting place and focal point for large scale outdoor events for up to 2500 people. On a day to day basis it’s a shared communal space with a diversity of places to sit and relax on architecturally designed seating or the rolling green lawns. Harmony Square is an exemplar of urban design combining a large digital LCD screen which will play host to locally produced film content as well as content from further afield; trees and landscaping; retail areas and cafes; intricately designed artful paving.
Harmony Square completes the well-lit pedestrian friendly connection from the station to central Dandenong’s main retail and commercial area. The square is importantly located opposite the Drum Theatre (Dandenong Town Hall), the city’s most recognisable historic landmark.
Harmony Square is a place for incidental smaller gatherings and ad hoc screenings, or larger and more formal events such as movie nights, craft markets, public launches, community information, public ceremonies and cultural performances.
The Activity Centres Team is coordinating the furniture expansion project in line with its Placemaking approach to the city’s key public places and spaces. The project aims to increase the comfort, sociability and staying power of Harmony Square by:
1. Improving retention of a diverse range of people in the square 2. Improving the sociability of the square
This will help assess a wide range of reactions to the furniture styles and locations and inform next steps before additional furniture units are purchased and installed for the 2017/18 summer season.
Awards and Design Recognition
Harmony Square and the adjoining Greater Dandenong Civic Centre has received numerous Industry Design Awards recognising the design excellence achieved by Lyons Rush Wright Architects and Landscape Designers. These have been described and critiqued by urban design and public space commentators through magazine articles written about the public space, its symbolism and design elements.