The CSL Banksia Development Project is situated adjacent to Melbourne Airport and serves as a designated area for Seqirus Q Fever Vaccine and Anti venom production and research. NewScape Design was tasked with creating design concepts and producing DA documentation to achieve a Green Star rated building and incorporate indigenous interpretation into the landscape design.
A key aspect of the design was the careful selection of endemic plant species and landscape features that would not only provide habitat for native animals but also convey the story of indigenous medicinal plants.Consultation with the Wurundjeri, Traditional Owners of the land on which the facility was built, provided valuable insight into the stories of ancient river beds and medical plants that could be brought to life in the landscape architecture of the site. NewScape Design ensured that the design paid homage to indigenous culture and traditions by integrating elements that celebrated the importance of these plants. In collaboration with Indigenous Artist Kent Morris, a site-specific artwork was created. The design language of this artwork was then carried into the landscape through the paving design, seamlessly connecting the interior and exterior spaces of the building.
NewScape Design played a pivotal role in the project, providing services for concept design, detailed design, and construction documentation. Their expertise ensured that the design not only met the functional requirements of the site but also reflected, sustainable practices, earning the project a Green Star rating and provided visitors with an immersive experience of the stories of the landscape.
The CSL Banksia Development Project stands as a testament to the harmonious fusion of indigenous interpretation, sustainable design, and scientific innovation, creating a space that is not only environmentally conscious but also culturally significant.
This project is currently under construction.