Open House Weekend, when you can explore the built fabric of Melbourne, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that sees itself as Australia’s arts and culture capital and a ‘crucible for change’, takes place on Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31, 2016.
Melbourne has many secret places within its enormous heritage of idiosyncratic, interesting diverse and quite delightful buildings, which have been arranged for work and play as well as for those interested in the art of living well.
Founded in 2008 with an aim to connect people to their city through promoting an appreciation for how successful design in architecture can aid everyone’s quality of life whether they are at work or at home, the Open House Weekend is getting bigger than Ben Hur. The sheer number of buildings open for public inspection is indeed impressive.
Converted industrial buildings, chic laneway eateries, with classy stylish courtyards in Cathedrals, Chapels, Convents, Courts, Colleges and Council houses, the buildings that are open range from a Brewery to a Doll’s House, from a Bike House to Circus Oz’s HQ or a School of Sciences and from a Flinder’s Lane Apartment to the Rupertswood Mansion and so much more.
Tour guides, landscape architects Lynne Pepper and Anna O’Sullivan are among those helping you to experience the diversity of Melbourne’s rooftop and urban landscape scene, with several intriguing stops along the way.
There are underground car parks creating rooftop streets, and bars built on the tops of buildings offering a drink with a view.
If you take a Rooftop and Landscape Tour on offer allows visitors an opportunity to explore these fascinating spaces and to take in the Melbourne’s charms from the heights of the city.
Only by gaining an understanding and appreciation for what constitutes quality architectural design can we begin to add to, or value any arena of life and our journey through it.
Open House Weekend at Melbourne is the result of an initiative by the Committee for Melbourne, Future Focus Group, and is part of the Open House Worldwide Network, founded by Open House London.