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Open House Melbourne

Explore our city at Open House Melbourne!

Ever wanted to know what the view is like from the top of the spire of Melbourne Central or what happens behind closed doors at Arts Centre Melbourne? For one weekend of the year, you can find out all this and more as you explore the city’s most historic and significant buildings, religious structures and architectural monuments. Open House Melbourne is  a free event where over 100 buildings dotted around Melbourne opens their doors for people to explore good design and architecture. The weekend also offers a range of free events, tours, workshops and exhibitions that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.

Our top picks for 2016 include:


5×4 Hayes Lane Project | A unique, inner-city dwelling of size five by four meters! I The build is designed for sustainable living and is built and powered with both passive and active eco-driven processes, materials and performance considerations.


Doll House | Explore highly sustainable living in this residential building made up of two spaces stacked upon one another with no doors or walls, but instead separated by furniture and joinery.


The Former Yorkshire Brewery | This historical building was established in 1861 and has now been converted into four single-level apartments from levels 2 to 5, with the top floor and ground level spaces being left as shells for future commercial occupiers to fit out.

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Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre | Located in the biomedical precinct, this building was built for cancer research, treatment and care. The building will also provide cancer research and clinical spaces for The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and cancer research facilities for The University of Melbourne.More than 2000 Peter Mac staff including their 500-plus cancer researchers are relocating here from late June 2016.


Medibank | Housing Medibank’s head office, the building was built to support a thriving workplace incorporating health, collaboration, engagement and productivity. There are more than 26 types of work settings, ranging from indoor quiet spaces and collaborative hubs to Wi-Fi-enabled balconies and places to stand and work.


Jack’s Magazine | The former explosives store by the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Jack’s Magazine opened in 1878, and has been locked up and unused since the 1990s. Built into an escarpment, and concealed behind a bluestone perimeter wall, it is largely hidden from view. Guided tours will take visitors inside Jack’s Magazine to explore tunnels, tramways and the towering earth mounds of its sculptural landscape.


Eildon Mansion | One of the most sophisticated examples of a Renaissance Revival style mansion built in Melbourne in the 19th century. The mansion has retained original internal features such as sandstone, marble and timber mantelpieces, ceiling roses, bay windows, large basement quarters for servants and a cellar. Built in 1850, it’s one  of St Kilda’s oldest houses. Today it houses Alliance Francaise which puts on French classes, and cinema, concert and conference events in the atmospheric basement room (the old kitchen)


Nb. Check the website for buildings that need to be pre-booked. Bookings open Monday 18 July 8:30am until booked out.

When: 30 – 31 July 2016

Where: Melbourne

Visit the website here.