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Buchan throws open studio doors for Open House Melbourne

For the second year running, the Buchan Group will welcome Melburnians into its studio in the historic Mail Exchange Building as part of Open House Melbourne.

Visitors will have the opportunity to journey from the building’s magnificent façade and up the heritage listed staircase before taking a peek behind the sheer entrance curtains into creative design life in the industrial chic studio.

The Mail Exchange originally opened in 1917 to relieve the congestion at the nearby Melbourne GPO on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Street. As one of Melbourne’s earliest examples of Classical Revival Architecture, it’s proving a very apt and inspiring home for Buchan’s world renowned designers to shape the buildings of the future.

“Last year’s tours of our studio booked out very quickly, and we are delighted to once again open our doors to the public and offer a glimpse behind the scenes where the design magic happens,” said Principal Grant Withers.

“Visitors will have the chance to wander through the old and the new, exploring the history of the Mail Exchange and our contemporary studio fit out designed to inspire collaboration and conversation.”

The huge open plan space will feature a hub of activity to engage and delight our visitors.  3D models and virtual reality technology will take guests on an immersive journey of the spaces and buildings we have designed, and projections of the studio’s fit out evolution, our history, work and relevance, including projects by our alliance partner Nikken Sekkei, will get to the heart of who we are.  The floor to ceiling whiteboard and ping pong table will give a symbolic taste of the team engagement and energy that drives Buchan to create!

Guided tours of the Mail Exchange’s historical staircase and Buchan’s studio will take place on Sunday 30th July between 10am and 3pm.

For more information visit the Open House Melbourne website.