18 July 2017
Open House Melbourne returns this coming weekend, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, with over 80 new buildings added to the 10th anniversary program in 2017.
Open House Melbourne is a public architecture organisation that empowers citizens to be active participants in the building of their city. Its annual program of talks, tours, workshops and interviews explores issues, challenges and success stories of Melbourne's built environment and the big major event of the year is the annual Open House weekend which gives visitors the chance to explore inside Melbourne's architectural marvels and some spaces that are rarely open to the public.
Among the 200 buildings on display this year are the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and the Collingwood Arts Precinct, plus new sites including:
New Academic Street Open House will mark the first public launch of the redevelopment, a project that has transformed the heart of the RMIT University City Campus, creating new facilities to deliver better services for students. The project boasts the design expertise of five separate architecture firms including Lyons, MvS Architects, NMBW Architects, Harrison and White, and Maddison Architects. Visitors will be taken on guided tours by the architects involved and by RMIT students on Saturday 29 July.
17 Casselden Place a site of architectural and historical significance to the state of Victoria as the only surviving example in the city of a single-storey worker's cottage from the early 1860s. This is the first and last year the cottage will be open to the general public as building works and an archaeological dig will occur later this year as part of the 271 Spring Street development. Visitors can take self-guided tours in Saturday 29 July throughout the cottage, outhouse and courtyard.
SIGNAL is a creative studio for young people 13 to 25 years located on Northbank in the heart of Melbourne. The building is the last surviving signal box of Flinders Street Station. In 2009 it was transformed into the creative arts studio that it is today. Visitors can take self-guided tours over the whole weekend.
KPMG's 'Workplace of the Future' at Collins Square is a striking new addition to the Melbourne skyline. Beyond the majesty of John Olsen's Sun King painting in the foyer, the fully- agile workplace supports a new way of anticipating client needs while fostering innovation and collaboration among its people. Visitors can pre-book tours for Saturday 29 July.
The Mail Exchange on Bourke Street opened in 1917 and is one of Melbourne's earliest and most beautiful examples of Classical Revival architecture. It was originally designed by Commonwealth Home Affairs Architect, John Smith Murdoch and established to relieve the congestion at the nearby Melbourne GPO. Visitors can take self-guided tours throughout the historic staircase and foyer. 3D animations and projections will also showcase the ongoing work of their current resident, architectural firm, The Buchan Group.