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|19 Jul|4 mins

What to see at Open House Melbourne

These are your plans for 28-29 July weekend
Nick Banks
19 Jul
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Ever looked up on your walk to work at a building you’ve walked past a million times before and suddenly thought, ‘When did they put that there?’. While we’re busy navigating the pressures and strains – and WhatsApp messages and Instagram posts – of life, it’s difficult to take in the built environment around us.

Open House Melbourne is all about reversing that, encouraging the people of the Victorian capital to open their eyes to the wealth of architecture in the city, from heritage buildings that have survived decades of change to more modern structures that have pushed the boundaries stylistically (we’re looking at you, Federation Square) and everything in between.

The event runs through July with a series of talks and exhibitions, before a host of buildings throw open their doors to the public for the Open House Weekend on 28-29 July. Here are the must-sees.

Advice
|19 Jul|4 mins

What to see at Open House Melbourne

These are your plans for 28-29 July weekend
Nick Banks
19 Jul
Share:

Ever looked up on your walk to work at a building you’ve walked past a million times before and suddenly thought, ‘When did they put that there?’. While we’re busy navigating the pressures and strains – and WhatsApp messages and Instagram posts – of life, it’s difficult to take in the built environment around us.

Open House Melbourne is all about reversing that, encouraging the people of the Victorian capital to open their eyes to the wealth of architecture in the city, from heritage buildings that have survived decades of change to more modern structures that have pushed the boundaries stylistically (we’re looking at you, Federation Square) and everything in between.

The event runs through July with a series of talks and exhibitions, before a host of buildings throw open their doors to the public for the Open House Weekend on 28-29 July. Here are the must-sees.

1. Melbourne Central, CBD (Open House Weekend)

Climb to the top of the cone at Melbourne Central – a multiuse shopping centre that doubles as an architectural marvel, thanks to its glass and steel casing. There will also be tours of the Coops Shot Tower, the centrepiece of the former ammunitions facility that once inhabited the site.

2. 5x4 Hayes Lane Project, East Melbourne (Open House Weekend)

Channel your inner Peter Maddison or Kevin McCloud for a peek around the 5x4 Hayes Lane Project, a stunning inner-city home conceived on a tiny site — 5x4 metres to be precise — previously occupied by a storage shed. The innovative upright build was completed using sustainable materials and practices, giving it extra eco-conscious curiosity value.

3. Melbourne Metro Tunnel Walking Tour, CBD (Open House Weekend)

Put down the shopping bags for an afternoon and head along Swanston Street for a look at what the future holds instead. Construction workers are busy creating two new metro stations for Melbourne’s CBD – you’ll get to glimpse the works in progress and learn a little about the challenges of undertaking a huge urban project like this one.

4. Blak Design Matters, Level 1 Yarra Building, Fed Square (21 July – 30 September)

In the first national survey of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design, the fascinating Blak Design Matters exhibition will offer a showcase of interiors, products, architecture and works on urban planning from leading Indigenous designers, while examining what sets Indigenous design apart.

5. Federation Square, CBD (Open House Weekend)

Yes, it’s had its fair share of detractors over the years, but like an eccentric uncle at a Christmas barbie, it’d be missed if it was no longer there. Explore Fed Square’s lesser-seen pockets and projects, such as its collection of 10 rooftop hives – operating as part of Melbourne’s urban beekeeping movement - and catch glimpses of the building’s psychedelic patchwork cladding from vantage points usually shut off to the public.

Nick Banks
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