At the forefront of office design
Australia's first solar paneled facade.


550 Spencer Street, West Melbourne




Businesses at 550 Spencer align themselves at the forefront of Australian, sustainable building design. The solar active facade is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing the building to repay its carbon inputs.

The address is exciting and evolving, central to Melbourne's most vibrant business, cultural and entertainment precincts and with immediate access to key transport networks and employment hubs. The architecture and design translate to a valuable business investment, integrating premium health, wellness and workplace, delivered from ground to rooftop.


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Propelled by new technology and the expectations of a modern generation, the eight-level building elevates environment, workplace wellbeing and the local built landscape. Developed to respond to the escalating climate crisis, the innovative glazing and architectural design will revolutionise sustainability outcomes and leave a legacy of providing healthy and socially conscious design.

The exterior and interior design achieves elegance through restraint. Using a clarity of space and quality materiality, strong ideas are executed with rigorous detail. From the rooftop terrace gardens and meeting rooms to the amenity rich ground level with lobby, café and end-of-trip facilities; each floor provides inspiration for a variety of different work settings and social interactions, both indoors and outside.

Technological advancements are discreetly embedded within, so each level delivers a warmly inviting, connected future of the workplace - intelligent and flowing with creativity, sunlight and fresh air. Considered floorplans provide for half floor, whole floor or multi-level occupancy with layouts that include shared and individual desks, meeting spaces and areas to lounge and relax. For meaningful interactions, collaboration and growth, it's an environment for world's best-practice companies to thrive.


The lobby delivers a series of moments that commence on entry and continues to develop across the ground floor. Moving from the threshold to the lift lobby, the internal zones are spacious and refined with soft lighting features to highlight the textural details of the natural materials. The amenity rich ground floor also includes end-of-trip facilities and café with considered attention to detail.


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550 Spencer is a generational project to stand the test of time, at the forefront of ESD advances and sustainable technology to redefine the workplace experience. A long list of notable environmental credentials will attract businesses with a mission to pursue an energy efficient and an environmentally sound future.


The building's faceted exterior uses a north facing, photovoltaic glazing system to capture solar energy. Glass windows are south facing to reduce solar heat gain, optimising the potential of the system. The energy harvesting capacity is significant, at fifty times that of rooftop solar panels on standard house. The system will enable the building to save an estimated 70 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Workplaces and building amenity are underpinned by a host of sustainable technologies ranging from renewable energy sources and energy efficient process, to water harvesting and recycling systems, innovative window masses and natural ventilation. Biophilic design incorporates plant-filled terraces to provide green outlooks and linear floorplates allow for natural light access for all workstations. It's where function, purpose and environmental benefits are realised today and well into the future.

Fast Facts

  • The building produces more energy than it uses
  • 70 tonnes of carbon emissions saved annually
  • 1182 PV panels in a façade that harvests sunlight and coverts it to electricity
  • Immediate use of solar energy; battery storage not required
  • Sustainable building materials including low carbon concrete
  • Minimum 5 star Green Star and 5 star NABERS energy efficiency rating
  • 5 Star WELLS rated water efficiency rating
  • Rainwater harvesting and recycling
  • Operable windows for airflow and thermal comfort
  • Architecture incorporates plant life in biophillic design
  • 60 bicycle parking bays and electric vehicle charging points
  • Contact free entry and exit and other touch free features

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The amenity of 550 Spencer has been considered to support the routines, time and day of staff. From stunning end-of-trip facilities to the welcoming lobby space, an on-premise cafe and expansive rooftop, all spaces respect that a modern workplace is more than a place to work, but a place to strive and should be seen as extensions of home.



To encourage an active building community, a suite of high-grade, end-of-trip facilities that rival any luxury, health club are available for occupants. Spacious zones with tactile marbled walls, timber finishes and mirrored and metal details underpin a sophisticated design. Anchored by a large, central beauty station, the amenity also includes 25 secure lockers, multiple private bathroom pods with 6 showers and toilets, elegantly fitted change areas with steam press and hanging racks created as elements of the design profile.


A substantial offering of 48 lockers and 60 bicycle park spaces encourages commuters to cycle to work and reduce travel carbon emissions. The parking area is conveniently situated beside the lockers and change areas, and easily accessed on the ground floor.


The rooftop terrace is accessible and open to all, designed to bring the building community together across indoor and outdoor spaces. Ideally occupied at all times of the day and across all seasons, it is a social landscape with flexible meeting or events rooms to network or relax in nature surrounded by views. Seating booths are nestled around the leafy garden beds that skirt the rooftop while central, grassy mounds provide an opportunity to take a break under a shady tree. There are endless options for a cross pollination of the building's occupants or hosting a memorable meeting, an inspiring lunchtime collaboration or drinks after work.


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Each of the seven office floors offer customisable layouts for sole tenant or split tenancy options, as well as multi-level occupancy. Open plan design is collaborative with shared desk areas, team planning zones, private individual booths, meetings rooms, a relaxed lounge area and kitchenette facilities. The rectilinear floorplans provide 360-degree outlooks and layouts ensure desks are 10m or closer to the floor-to-ceiling perimeter glazing surrounding each floor.

Detailed design considers aesthetics and function to create a sense of ease and comfort for users. Raised timber floors conceal electricals running beneath for greater flexibility in office layouts; exposed ceilings increase volume and reflect light; operable windows allow for high air quality providing natural ventilation to every floor. The design connects people to each other and to place, creating a happier, healthier and more productive business environment.

Flexible floorplates

Open plan, hybrid spaces are designed to inspire and adapt to diverse layouts. Half floor, full floor and multi-level options allow for collaborative and break-out zones, areas for focussed team planning and quiet working spaces.



West Melbourne brings together socially diverse and culturally rich experiences, heightened by prospering business, retail and dining options in and around the area. The daily commute, meetings, errands and entertaining are easier and more enjoyable considering an abundance of transport options, eateries and bars, arts and sporting events, shops and active outdoor amenity to be had. Local heritage parks provide natural respite from the bustle of the city amidst a fusion of enterprise and entertainment that marks Melbourne as a world class city.

West Melbourne's industrial heritage provides a unique base for a distinct and future-forward destination. Employment clusters, the Melbourne CBD, research and design hubs and universities bring an endless pool of talent from around the globe. Victoria Market's stalls brimming with colour and flavour, luxury brands in the city and a buoyant, local village scene, with a caffeine stop on every corner, contribute to a walkable neighbourhood and new business heart for Melbourne.


At the intersection of Melbourne's most dynamic city precincts, 550 Spencer joins an evolving business destination. Perfectly positioned beneath a backdrop of the city, amongst premier business, education, dining and entertainment precincts; the address is supported by a 100/100 transit score for outstanding public transportation and a Walkscore of 95, as Melbourne's 14th most walkable neighbourhood.



Kennon is a Melbourne-based practice creating architecture imbued with meaning. From private homes to grander civic gestures, each project is considered for what it will contribute to the human experience, and how it will fulfil the inherent need for connection to people and place.

Multi award-winning built contributions, across Australia and internationally, are evidence of Kennon's commitment to progressing the built landscape though technology, product development, sustainable processes and exemplary design.


A dynamic, solution-focused, development management and project management company, Neoscape is highly regarded for the delivery of many award-winning, complex, and challenging projects across Australia and New Zealand.

A proud history of long-standing industry relationships and a depth of management and construction delivery experience continues to develop through diverse and distinguished projects in variety of industries including residential, hotels, commercial, retail, industrial, institutional and hospitality sectors.


The Crema Group are driven by a longstanding appreciation for quality and an understanding that quality takes effort, patience and knowledge.

With a history in property and construction spanning almost 70 years and 3 generations, Crema boasts a long and enviable track record for continuously delivering some of Melbourne's most memorable and innovative built projects.