CSL Global Headquarters and Centre for Research & Development

COX Architecture in collaboration with Wood (Specialist Laboratories Architect)

CSL’s new Corporate and Research and Development Headquarters includes agile workplaces, development laboratories, exhibition spaces for external stakeholders and an extensive variety of meeting, collaboration and breakout spaces.

Celebrating CSL’s history, the project showcases the organisation’s values, particularly healthier lives, medical innovation and community engagement. Designed around discrete tiers of access, visitors gain seamlessly controlled access to the building’s shared facilities, including exhibition spaces, an auditorium, meeting spaces, a business hub and innovative ‘start-up’ labs.

A reinterpretation of CSL’s founding campus in nearby Parkville, the project is a new vertical campus connected by a green spine running through the building. Architecturally, this is expressed by a dynamically activated staircase from which collaborative, hub and retreat spaces emerge. Internal planting and a deep green, reminiscent of the Parkville landscape, link these spaces conceptually and provide biophilic benefits to staff.

As a global company founded in Australia, the materiality draws strongly on the Australian landscape. Australian hardwoods, eucalypt greens, soft ochres and stony greys define and link different programmatic areas while being warm and tactile. A custom artwork rug, based on a sketch of the local topology, connects both spaces within the building and the Elizabeth Street and Parkville histories.


Furniture: Arper, Stylecraft; Chair Solutions; Dalcross; Design By Them; Design Nation Dexion; District; Grazia & Co; Hay, Cult; Herman Miller, Living Edge; Intraspace; Jardan Kinnarps, KFive; Koskela; KPD; Lando, KFive; LEN, Stylecraft; Materia, KFive; Muuto, Living Edge; Norman Copenhagen, District; Orbis Workstations, Zenith; Pedrali, KFive; Pedrali, James Richardson; Planex; Ross Didier, Cult; Ross Gardam, Stylecraft; SBW Scoop, Baseline; Segis, Jardan; Space Copenhagen, Cult; Stratex; Thinking Works, Stylecraft; Wilkhahn; Zenith. Lighting: Austube, Clevertronics, Darkon, Eagle Lighting, Erco, Fagerhult , IBL , iGuzzini, Inlite, KKDC , Lamp, Lumascape, Muuto, Offspring Profiles, Philips Lighting, Thorn Lighting, Trilux, Vertalux, Visual Feast, Vuelite, Vuelite, Zumtobel. Finishes: Apex Natural Stone, Armstrong Ceiling Tiles, Armstrong Metalworks Modular Ceilings, Artedomus Natural Stones and Ceramic Tiles, Astor Metals Custom Metal Finish, At Work With Camira Upholstery Fabrics, Atkar Perforated Timber Ceilings, Autex Acoustic Panels, Barrisol feature Ceiling, Boral Blackbutt Engineered Flooring, Covet Terrazzo Flooring, Décor Systems Acoustic Plaster Ceilings, Dtac Tactile Indicators, Dulux Powdercoatings & Paints, Fibonacci Stone Terrazzo Benchtops, Forbo Flooring Marmoleum and Flooring Vinyl, George Feathers Solid Timber and Timber Veneers, Gyprock, Plasterbaords, Instyle Upholstery Fabrics, Interface Carpet Tiles, Interpon Black Annodised and Powercoated Metal Finishes, Knauf Plasterbaords and Spray Acoustic Ceiling, Kvdradt Maharam Upholstery Fabrics and Vinyls, Laminex Laminates, Latham Nosings and Entry Matting, Locker Group Perforated Panels, Materialised Upholstery Fabrics, MetecnoPanel, Cool Room Panels, National Tiles Wall Tiles, New Age Veneers Smoked Oak Veneer, Pelle Leathers, Polytech Compact Laminates, Rimex Brushed Stainless Metal Cladding, Signorino Tiles, Slipsafe Tactile Indicators, Surface Squared Writable Wall Surfaces, Trespa Phenolic, Lab Benches, Tretford Carpet Tiles and Broadloom Carpet, Tsar Custom Rugs, Viridian Internal Glazing and Mirror, Woven Image Acoustic Panels, Zepel Upholstery Fabrics. Fittings & Fixtures: Abbey Sinks, Assa Abloy Door Hardware, Astra Walker Washroom. Fittings: Bosch Appliances, Bradley Washroom Accessories, Britex Stainless Steel, Washbasins and Troughs, Caroma Washroom Fittings, CSM Electrical Fittings, Criterion Internal Glazing Suites, Dorma Kaba Door Hardware, Elsafe Electrical Fittings, Enware Washroom Fittings and Safety Equipment, Five At Heart End of Trip Fittings, Flush Partitions, Toilet Partitions, Greene Fire Victoria Fire Curtains, Gunnebo Security Races, Hafele Joinery Fittings, Liebherr Appliances, Lotus Operable Walls, Madinoz Joinery Handles, Metlam Washroom Fittings, Miele Appliances, Parisi Washroom Fittings, Reece Washroom Fittings, Seton Industrial Storage Cabinets, Speakman Lab Eyewashes, Tork, Washroom Accessories, TZ Smart Lockers, Vertilux Blinds, Zetr Electrical Fittings, Zip Water Boiling Water Units.


Photography: Peter Clarke