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Commonwealth Place comprises a grassed-cupped square of approximately 100 metres by 50 metres on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin in the Parliamentary Zone. It is a multi-use public space equally suitable for major events and family gatherings.
Centred on Griffin’s Land Axis, the design incorporates a walkway, linking Commonwealth Place to Reconciliation Place. The rear wall of the cupped square and the walls of the walkway are clad in Australian sandstone. The walkway is paved with Australian bluestone. The under croft spaces formed by the cupped square provide accommodation for the café/restaurant and office spaces.
A paved area, Speakers Square, a Centenary of Federation gift from the Canadian Government, provides a focal space for celebrations and ceremonies. A grove of trees, planted in the form of the Southern Cross provides shade on the western side of the square.
Commonwealth Place was designed by Durbach Block Architects, in association with Sue Barnsley Design. It was awarded the Australian Capital Territory Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Urban Award in 2003.