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by Vicky Rae Ellmore (subscribe)
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Celebrating architecture and our city digitally
Celebrate one of the world's most liveable cities from the comfort of your own home! The thirteenth Open House Melbourne Weekend will present the largest collection of virtual tours in Australia, with more than 50 virtual building tours organised for this year's Open House Weekend.

This year's Open House Melbourne Weekend will be a bit different due to the current circumstances we find ourselves in with COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

This year the event will be online, with its 2020 program engaging design and architecture enthusiasts in web-based events and comprising a hive of online activity during the Open House Weekend.

The focus of this year's event is the incredible enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge of Open House Melbourne's partners, buildings hosts, and architects. It is also concentrating on reflection, contemplation, and the reimagination of our city.

The program will be accessible anywhere, by anyone with an internet connection and the majority of events will be available free of charge.

The virtual tours held over the weekend will provide an inside-look into buildings not otherwise accessible to the public, such as Parliament House, the Glyn Davis Building (MSD) and the FAB9 Makerspace, among others.

Before the weekend, Open House Melbourne's Speaker Series, where we hear from experts on the design process behind the built outcome, will also be going ahead on 1 July.

This year's speakers include:
Jeffery Copolov, Bates Smart. Presenting: Victoria Racing Club
Anne-Marie Treweeke, Lovell Chen. Presenting: University of Melbourne Old Quad
Adrian Stanic, Lyons. Presenting: Prahran Square
Ruth Wilson, Architectus. Presenting: State Library Redevelopment
-- Mel Bright, Studio Bright. Presenting: Ruckers Hill house

All building content and virtual tours for the Open House Weekend on 25 and 26 July will be made available online on Thursday 16 July.

And on 25 and 26 July, the Open House Melbourne Weekend, a range of live events, tours and programs will take place and the MERGE performances will be broadcast.

MERGE is a collaboration between MPavilion, Open House Melbourne, and Melbourne Music Week. Melbourne artists are being commissioned to perform musical works in iconic Melbourne buildings such as the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Jack's Magazine, Trades Hall, Villa Alba Museum, and Waller House.

All programs and events will be made available online via
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Why? Access over 50 buildings from the comfort of your own home
When: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2020
Where: Online
Cost: Free
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