Get your most comfortable walking shoes ready for the weekend of Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July 2017, when you can march through as many buildings as you can manage on Open House Melbourne Weekend 2017. You'll have over 200 buildings opening their doors to you, which includes 84 new buildings added to the program. You'll be spoilt for choice.
If you'd like to purchase a hard copy of the 10th Anniversary printed bumper edition of the program, you can get it here. It's also a great souvenir, and you can choose from 10 different cover options, availability dependent. With over 298 pages, it's packed with all you need to plan your Open House Melbourne Weekend and more. Be aware that some of the buildings have limited mobility access and are not wheelchair accessible or suitable for people with mobility requirements. You'll find detailed info on the building listing.
Extending further into new suburbs like Beaumaris, Bangholme, Brighton, Dandenong, Essendon, La Trobe, Mill Park and Ringwood, the majority of buildings are open access and self-guided. Due to limited capacity, some buildings have pre-booked tours that require you to pay a small $5 booking fee to reserve your place. An online only booking option opens on Monday 17 July at 8.30am until booked out.
This being a celebration of Open House Melbourne's 10th anniversary, 10 artists have reimagined some of the most iconic buildings, as you can see in the above pic. Some are easy to guess; like the 41X and the Sun Theatre. See if you can work out which picture in the collage above is the Collingwood Arts Precinct, State Library of Victoria, Nicholas Building, Mission to Seafarers, Medibank Place, Royal Melbourne Regiment Drill Hall, Essendon Incinerator, and Federations Square, before you meet the artists by reading about their creative process.
Amidst a range of talks, walks and workshops over the weekend, the kids have not been forgotten about. They can enjoy Circus come'n'try workshops at Collingwood Arts Precinct; Tape Me Home at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr; Kids Weaving activity at the Australian Tapestry Workshop; and Pottery and craft activities at Box Hill Community Centre.
Other fun activities include seeing wild Kangaroos; craft activities amidst a roaming 19th century French couple; visiting the heritage Tramcar Fleet former driver training facility; discovering amazing feats involved in the construction of the Spotswood Pumping Station; dance classes and going behind the scenes at a working radio station and perhaps having a go at being a presenter. Check out full details and timeframes HERE.
The month of July is not just about enjoying rare access to the nooks and crannies of Melbourne's most magnificent buildings not usually accessible to the public; there's a whole month of events that include tours, talks, screenings, panels, performances and more. Enjoy talks that give you insight about what happens to perfectly preserved buildings that sit dormant due to rigid heritage controls, or take one of many tours.
Have a naked architect intro session if you're looking to renovate or build a new home and have considered using an architect, or attend an event about hidden acoustics and more. Check out the listing of events HERE that are still available to enjoy.
Start making plans by checking out the 2017 buildings listing which you can filter by precincts or type; which buildings require bookings and which don't, and which ones are open on Saturday and Sunday.
Open House Melbourne has evolved into a public architecture organisation that empowers you to be active participants in the building of our city. Visit as many as you can, including the environmentally progressive Council House 2, to Library at the Dock, Melbourne City Baths and Melbourne Town Hall. Check the website for details and what it's all about. The Facebook page is also a good place to start, to keep updated.