Open House Melbourne is on again this year, opening doors to over 140 buildings across Melbourne on the 30 and 31st July. In a first for the annual event, Open House’s footprint extends beyond the central city into metropolitan Melbourne, inviting the public to discover our city like never before.
Nearly 100 of the buildings will be completely open-access, and as always Open House will post regular updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep followers in the know on queuing times, navigational tips as well as responding to people’s questions.
Bookings open on Monday 18 July at 8.30am via Eventbrite for buildings that offer pre- booked spots. Mark this date in your diaries as pre-booked tours have proven to be in high-demand in previous years. A total of 5000 spots will be made available – up from 800 spots in previous years – making it much easier for Weekenders to book in to tours. A new initiative this year will see the majority of pre-booked tours requiring a small $5 booking fee; however, refunds are available before the day if ticketholders find they can no longer attend, thereby freeing-up spots for others.
Some notable pre-booked tours in this year’s program include Jack’s Magazine in Maribyrnong, the Glenn Murcutt designed Australian Islamic Centre in Newport, Willsmere in Kew, Sun Theatre in Yarraville and The Drill House: Home of the Snuff Puppets and Women’s Circus in Footscray. There are a number of new Residential properties open in 2016 and people will only be able to view them via pre-booked tours as well.
The Open House Weekend Printed Program – treasured among the many dedicated Open House Melbourne enthusiasts – is available to order via the website. In addition, Readings bookshops will stock the program for the first time. Pick up a copy from 8 July at Readings locations in Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and the State Library.
Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been championing the city’s architecture and built environment through the July Weekend and year-round program. Open House’s mission is to inform people about what makes for well-designed, vibrant and liveable places now and in the future.
Open House Melbourne Weekend
30 and 31 July
10am – 4pm around Melbourne
For more information, visit http://www.openhousemelbourne.org.