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Open House Melbourne

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  1. A concert space in the Ian Potter Centre shows a stage with a piano, a far wall is rendered in ochre with a large, moveable circular cover for the window
    Photograph: Trevor Mein
  2. Melbourne Holocaust Museum, by Kerstin Thompson Architects
    Photograph: Derek Swalwell
  3. An interior view of the Capitol Theatre in Melbourne shows lines of white beams letting light into the cavernous space and an orange carpeted floor
    Photograph: Tatjana Plitt
  4. The ballroom at State Government House has blue walls with fancy red outlines to arched windows
    Photograph: Gavin Blue Photography
  5. The internal dome of the Mission to Seafarers building shows aged brick and concrete
    Photograph: Sarah Louise Jackson
  6. The exterior of the John Wardle offices at night, with a huge lit neon sign saying 'on'
    Photograph: JWA
  7. The Brighton Chambers building from the exterior angle, showing a rounded building in red brick
    Photograph: Bayside City Council

Time Out says

Open House Melbourne is your annual weekend of stickybeaking into other people's properties

Open House Melbourne – held in July every year – is much more than the chance to stickybeak at some of Melbourne's most fascinating buildings (although that's a pretty huge drawcard, to be honest). It's also an opportunity to reflect on the role that design has played in the evolution of our city, to glimpse what Melbourne may become in the future, and to consider the significance of our heritage and what we can do to protect it.

Open House Melbourne is back and ready to get Melburnians reconnecting with the built environment. This year's program is themed 'Built/Unbuilt', with events, talks and building tours booked in for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31. 

In 2022 the event is shifting back to a "first in best dressed" model, where most venues will not be able to be pre-booked, but instead be available to participants on the day.

Highlights of the building tour program include Escala New Quay, Queen and Collins, Lyon Housemuseum, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, and Victorian Pride Centre, as well as a bunch of super cool private residences. 

But it's not all about nosing around people's houses this year. Open House comprises over 200 events, including exhibitions, film screenings, walking tours and talks. To see more from the program and to book, head to the Open House Melbourne website.

Love architecture? Read about the vibrant and innovative 2022 MPavilion design.

Written by
Bianca O'Neill


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