CSIRO consolidates resources in state-of-the-art office and laboratory facilities

This facility is part of the ACT Site Consolidation for CSIRO, being located at the Black Mountain Science& Innovation Park. The project delivers 15,000 sqm of world-class research and support facilities with purpose-built laboratories.

The new structure is essentially two buildings in one, with a carefully hidden junction.The modern office space links to the laboratory building through steel and glass bridges at each of the four levels.

To streamline construction the building walls, stairs and atrium ramps were designed as precast to eliminate complex temporary works and streamline the construction program.

Additionally, the three storey high ‘chimneys' on the roof were prefabricated and lifted into place.

Client: CSIRO

Architect: BVN

Builder: Laing O'Rourke

Value: $120M

Completion: 2017

Sector: Research

Services: Structural, Facade


Acknowledging the facility’s “architectural finesse”, the Australian Institute of Architects ACT’s jury commented that “Every opening to the Façade is thoughtfully considered” and the structure delivers highly functional laboratory spaces that “…despite their strict environmental requirements (are) incredibly refreshing and well executed”.

  • Australian Institute of Architects ACT – The Romaldo Guirgola Award for Public Architecture
  • Australian Institute of Architects ACT – The Derek Wrigley Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Australian Institute of Architects ACT – Interior Architecture
  • INDE. Awards – Work Space award