Monday, October 12, 2009

Northbridge Piazza

Saturday morning saw us heading into Northbridge for a Dim-Sum lunch at Northbridge Chinese Restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised to find that gone is the cliched out of date decor.It has had an interior makeover and is now quite modern.We didn't really need another reason to go there.

We arrived just before 10am to beat the rush, only to find it wasn't open yet. So we decided to go for a stroll. Northbridge is Perth's nightlife/cultural centre. It is a completely different place by day.I was excited to get a closer look at the recently streetscaped Northbridge Piazza.

This is a small part of a 3.9 million development by the City of Perth which is to include a giant LCD screen,performance stage and micro-brewery.The informal seats which glow bluish purple by night are white during the day.Kimberley stone has been used as both a paving and wall cladding giving the area a clean,uncomplicated look.

I like the way that the lawn has been mounded against a retaining wall here.This might have been a way to keep existing trees when the ground level surrounding them needed to be lowered.Too often trees are removed just to allow for ground level adjustments.

This green feature wall is 8m high and planted with vines.I really like the transperancy of these mesh panels that frame sections of the sky.

The street trees here are Gleditsia triacanthus 'Sun Burst'. I have a soft spot for these trees because my husband and I stood under one while we said our Wedding vows when it was just coming into leaf.We celebrated our two year anniversary last week.


  1. Clever solutions for retaining existing plantings.

    Is a Gleditsia tree anything like a Parkinsonia, which grows here but is little known.

    This is my first time visiting your blog, you have some interesting presentations.

  2. Hi Nell, Thanks for your comment. I hadn't heard of a Parkinsonia before so I did some research and it looks like it can be invasive in Australia. Does the Parkinsonia have masses of yellow flowers? On the Gleditsia it's the foliage that is yellow.

  3. Thanks for sharing your visit of Perth with us Claire and Happy Anniversary!

  4. Somehow, I missed this post, sorry! Happy anniversary to you and your husband, Claire!!!
    All the best - good health, mutual understanding, happiness!
    It's a lovely part of town that you showed. I love the second picture. Neat. A wall planted with vines is very unusual. It'll be interesting to see it when the vines are grown up.