452 Flinders Street, Melbourne

452 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Architectus has designed the refurbishment of one of Dexus Property Group’s key commercial assets, 452 Flinders Street. 

The project addresses two key existing issues around the lobby space – entry orientation and access / circulation. The revitalisation works include the refurbishment of the existing main entry lobby and the extension of the north-east façade towards Flinders Lane. 

The main lift core of the building is positioned centrally facing Custom House Lane courtyard connecting both Flinders Street and Flinders Lane which does not provide much signage opportunity. By defining clear circulation zones both inside and out, and utilising the building envelope to reduce the visual presence of existing columns, the lobby has become more open, improving both accessibility and sight lines.

Materiality plays a key role in providing feature elements within the space. A concrete render with subtle texture has been used to treat the outdated marble walls inside the building, while perforated metal screen cladding creates a homogeneous ceiling and screen feature, a second seating zone offering a more semi-private experience. 

A warm colour palette softens the hard edges of the existing building envelope with well-considered furniture and custom carpet selections. A linear feature lighting element connects the horizontal and vertical planes and adds a contemporary touch to the overall space.

The refurbished lobby has repositioned the commercial asset; the foyer is contemporary and generous offering varied opportunities to meet in shared communal areas, as well as more secluded workspaces.


Project Sheet

Project Summary

Dexus Property Group
Melbourne, VIC
Floor area
970 m²
Original value
Madeleine Joyce