The Buchan Group, The Mail Exchange

Architect: John Smith Murdoch

City of Melbourne | C54

The magnificent Mail Exchange Building opened in 1917 as one of Melbourne’s earliest examples of Classical Revival architecture. It was originally owned by the Post Master General's department and designed by Commonwealth Home Affairs Architect, John Smith Murdoch. Built to relieve the congestion at the nearby Melbourne GPO, the building was a conscious effort to modernise the postal system in the early 20th century. Today, the Mail Exchange provides a fresh and inspiring new canvas on which architects’, The Buchan Group, are designing the buildings of the future. The studio, located on Level 1 of the building, comprises a high-quality fit out over an area of approximately 2,000sqm. The fit out has reinvigorated the design culture of the studio through high quality fixtures, exposed ceilings, and a concrete look render on the public area floors. A sheer entrance curtain offers glimpses of designers at work. The open plan, agile workspace features a distinct central spine drawing designers together. Project teams sit in pods to enable better physical and visual connectivity, facilitating an integrated multi-discipline design philosophy, and creating a more engaging and energetic environment.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sun 10am - 3pm - Booking required for this building

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Historical staircases and office on Level 01

  • Special Note: No photography in the office (Level 01), but allowed in historical staircases and lobbyLimited mobility access

  • Tour Details: Bookings open Monday 17 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. A direct link to the Eventbrite listing for this building will become available before tickets going on sale. Pre-booked tours of office every 30 mins from 10am to last tour 2:30pm. 30 people per tour for approximetly 30 minutes. The historic staircase and foyer open for self-guided tours throughout.

  • Special Programming: 3D animations and projections will showcase the ongoing work of the architectural office.

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Year Built: 1913-1917, 014-2015

  • Tram Stops: Stop 1: Sounthern Cross station on routes 86 and 96.

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked


Level 1, 696 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000, VIC


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