MENZIES WALK + CITIZENSHIP PLACE
Canberra Central Parklands, ACT
National Capital Authority
Oxigen’s first prize winning scheme for the Canberra Central Parklands (2007) builds on to Walter Burley Griffin’s legacy for Canberra. These parklands occupy an area of 115 hectares located on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin at the central key point of the Canberra Plan. The scheme responds positively to the principles of the site, revealing the historic layers inherent in the Griffin Legacy and building on to the site’s existing positive qualities and attributes.
The RG Menzies Walk & Citizenship Place project realizes the first stage of the master plan. The 2km long walk adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin reveals the qualities of the landscape and the Walter Burley Griffin plan that comprising one of the world’s great early 20th century planned cities. The design works wonderfully well, not only because of the location which opens up views across the lake, but also for its details which is contemporary but also robust and timeless.