Victoria Square, Tarntanyangga


Victoria Square, Tarntanyangga

Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga is Adelaide's pre-eminent civic square, situated at the heart of the central city.

The masterplan for this highly symbolic site brought together the many disparate forces that traditionally competed for the space. Through a thorough design process and extensive consultation, the TCL team developed a plan that was widely embraced by the community, stakeholders and decision makers. It was the first fully endorsed masterplan for the Square in 40 years.

Stage One creates a people-focused heart for the city, which facilitates everyday community expression and supports ever changing events and festivities.

The brief for Stage One emphasized ‘future proofing’ the masterplan without dilution of the overall vision or re-servicing for future stages. Stage One has gone a long way to regenerate the square as the city’s heart and to imagine future possibilities and stages.

The first stage draws people in the square in both everyday and event mode. It includes a fully serviced events lawn to allow for large events of up to 6,000, promenades, terraces, toilets, temporary shelters (with footings for the future arbours and mechanical fixing for easy relocation), toilets, extensive urban lounges, and a central plaza designed to accommodate cars and function as a pedestrian plaza, depending on need. The Three Rivers Fountain was relocated to the southern end, freeing up space for a generous northern plaza and interactive water-feature, which also functions as a stage for events. The design accommodates the future implementation of elements such as widening the road, an information centre and large connecting arbours without altering existing designed elements.

Environmental resilience and capacity is built into the project, including WSUD tree pits and bio-retention soil media, quality materials and the overall greening of the precinct resulting in significant reductions in asphalt area. The project has also integrated tram and bus transport systems and improved pedestrian and cycle amenities.

2016  AILA National Award for Urban Design
2015  AILA SA Award of Excellence for Urban Design
2015  AIA Gavin Walkley Award for Urban Design

"Jury considers Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga to be an outstanding urban design project worthy of the Gavin Walkley Award. The Jury strongly supports that the success of the first stage of implementation reinforces the value, and imperative delivering of the masterplan in full and look forward to its realization in the years to come." — Jury Citation 

Year 2013
Location Adelaide, South Australia
 Adelaide City Council

Collaboration Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, David Lock, Paul Thompson and Peter Emmett
Photography John Gollings and Sam Noonan

  • LOCATION : SA, Australia
  • CATEGORY : Civic
  • YEAR : 2010 – 2014