CBA Axle

Woods Bagot


ESD: Norman Disney Young
Fire / Mechanical: Arup
Electrical / Comms: Norman Disney Young
AV: Innovatech
Specialist Lighting: Llight
Wayfinding / Signage: THERE
Interior Landscape: 360 Degrees
Structural: Arup Kitchen: Sangster Design Group
Certifier: Advance Building Approvals
Access: Morris Goding Access Consulting
Cost Planner: WT Partnership
Project Manager: CBRE Developer/ Contractor: Mirvac

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) newest workplace focuses on the bank’s continued commitment to innovation, learning and the wellbeing of its people. The workplace design responds directly to CBA’s vision for a world-class environment that supports creative, rather than process-driven, thinking and working.

With CBA’s workplace strategy shifting to an environment more akin to a tech company, the brief was interpreted as an ‘uber flexible’ workplace. Developed to enable smart technology, the workplace is equally committed to being incredibly human – keeping its scale, architectural strategy, amenity, and workplace philosophy people-centric.

Applying ‘people first’ urban design principles, Axle’s sprawling floorplates pursue a local identity and sense of place. Conceived as a series of unfolding urban landscapes, the workplace reveals itself only as one moves through – imparting a distinctly human scale. Targeting a 6-Star Green Star - Interiors v1.2 and 5-star NABERS Tenancy Energy rating, the intent is on optimising performance and supporting health and sustainability.

Crafted with timeless sensibility, the approach considers the longevity of materials and finishes to create beautiful, durable environments – defining factors in sustainability. Accommodating 4,000 people across 42,000 sqm, the spaces are diverse and highly porous. There are workspaces, cafes, and apps for access to the building, booking a space, finding a colleague, reporting a fault, and activating a locker. Work happens anywhere and people have the flexibility to find their ideal space, including the wellbeing and rest pods,

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