Anzac Square, Brisbane

Categories:

  • Heritage
  • Public

Location:
Brisbane

Client:
City of Brisbane

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Completed in 1930 and located in central Brisbane, Anzac Square is Queensland’s state memorial to Queenslanders who served Australia in conflict and peace.

The project to restore and enhance the Square was a joint initiative between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.  The works were implemented in stages and involved the comprehensive restoration, repair and upgrade of the historic Shrine, the memorial galleries, the parkland and its monuments.

The gallery interiors were rejuvenated with the curation of World War I and II memorials, the upgrade of services, the conservation of historic building fabric and the provision of new public and back-of-house facilities.   New interactive audio-visual displays for the three galleries were developed in collaboration with Lightwell and the State Library of Queensland.

Working together with Tract landscape architects, the parkland was enhanced to reinforce its role as commemorative space through new plantings, paving, lighting and the removal of later intrusive accretions.  Historic fabric and elements such as bronze statues, sandstone and reflecting ponds were conserved and their setting enhanced.  Compliant access is accommodated with a new lift and stairs sensitively introduced into the historic Square.

The final stage of the project involved the installation of new bronze commemorative screens along two sides of Square.  A collaborative undertaking with TKD Architects, Letterbox and Urban Art Projects, the screens commemorate the towns of origin of Queenslanders who served in World Wars I and II.