CBA Axle Building at South Eveleigh

Location: Sydney, Australia
Client: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Completed: 2019
Workplace Interior Design: Woods Bagot
Design Team: Amanda Stanaway, Bradhly Le, Jenny Kim, Juliane Henchen, Kate Gillies
Architecture: FJMT

Designed by Woods Bagot with architecture by FJMT, the Axle Building is the first of two state-of-the-art buildings for the CBA’s new campus at South Eveleigh (formerly known as Australian Technology Park).

A pioneering industrial site for over 100 years, the South Eveleigh precinct is the place where the infrastructure that drove Australia forward was created. Today, in that same industrious spirit, the site is forging a new future as a place of invention.

CBA redefines its work culture with
Australia’s biggest workplace transformation

With the launch of the Axle Building – a 21st century hub for innovation, technology and creativity – the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is redefining how its people think and work.

Designed by Woods Bagot with architecture by FJMT, the Axle Building is the first of two state-of-the-art buildings for the CBA’s new campus at South Eveleigh (formerly known as Australian Technology Park).

A pioneering industrial site for over 100 years, the South Eveleigh precinct is the place where the infrastructure that drove Australia forward was created. Today, in that same industrious spirit, the site is forging a new future as a place of invention.

 

       

 

Bradhly Le, Woods Bagot’s project leader, explained that CBA’s goal to reinforce the bank as a next generation technology leader echoes the precinct’s redevelopment as a place for seeding ideas and developing potential, skills and partnerships.

 

The Axle Building provides CBA’s people with the best tools, techniques and spaces for a mindset of innovation. It’s a workplace to inspire people to do great things together, and bring their ideas to life

– Bradly Le

 

The Axle Building is about teaching, development and spaces that are focused on intellectual exchange. Its design flips the fixed, process-driven model of learning and overlays a sense of creativity and intuitive wellness to the precinct.

 

 

With CBA’s identity shifting from bank to tech company, the design of its new campus responds directly to the vision for a workplace that supports creative, rather than process-driven, thinking

– Bradly Le

 

The quality of physical space – in this case, a 21st-century hub for innovation, technology and creativity – is one of the critical components in the story of a massive change in the corporate culture of one of Australia’s largest private employers.

To ‘bring the future to life at South Eveleigh’[i] interior design partners Davenport Campbell and Woods Bagot jointly led the briefing process in conjunction with developments in CBA’s workplace and change management strategies. Woods Bagot designed the workplace in the Axle Building and Davenport Campbell is the interior designer on the second of the two CBA buildings. When the second building is complete, CBA’s campus will house 10,000 people – the largest number of employees the CBA has accommodated in a single site.

Amanda Stanaway, Woods Bagot’s global workplace design leader, compares the CBA campus with those of large corporations which are moving towards a more collaborative and agile way of working, such as the Micro Polis – Microsoft’s offices in Amsterdam.

“The spaces in the Axle Building are highly diverse and highly porous. There are workspaces, cafes and smart-office apps for booking spaces and ordering catering. Work happens everywhere. People have the freedom to find their ideal space at any time of day, including the wellbeing and rest pods,” Stanaway said.

 

AWARDS

2020 INDE. AWARDS
Winner
Best of the Decade
The Work Space

 

1200mm American White Oak installed on glass sliding doors.

 

Axle named Best Workspace of the Decade at 2020 INDE awards >