Open House Melbourne for 2014 begins on Saturday, 26 July with several exciting opportunities for people to engage with their city.

The Open House Melbourne 2014 program includes the ever-popular Open House Melbourne weekend on Saturday 26 July and Sunday 27 July as well as a range of city based events throughout July such as Nite Art installations, the Speaker Series free talks and a launch at the operating J Substation.

Historically, Open House Melbourne has been an annual event where a single weekend each year is set aside for showcasing the diversity of significant buildings and spaces that contribute to Melbourne’s unique design culture and values.

The 2014 edition promises an enhanced experience with the weekend to be followed by supporting programs throughout the year that will allow people multiple opportunities to engage with their city.

Below: Federation Square will kick off the speaker series. Image: Annie Yu

Below: Young and Jackson Hotel will be opened to the public. Image: State Library

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Open House provides a rare opportunity to discover the hidden interiors behind some of Melbourne’s closed doors.

According to the Lord Mayor, Open House unlocks the city’s most intriguing buildings, allowing residents to see their city in a new light and enabling visitors to discover the interiors, architectural excellence and historical distinction that make Melbourne a great design city.

The doors of over 100 buildings will be opened to the public on 26 and 27 July for the 2014 Open House Melbourne.

The annual event is expected to attract over 125,000 visits and returns in 2014 with more activities outside of the open buildings.

2014 Open House Melbourne Building List 

  • 131 - 141 Queen Street
  • 171 Collins Street
  • 25 Rokeby Street - John Wardle Architects, Bus Projects, Spacecraft, Lemon Middle and Orange
  • 41X
  • 60L - Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Albanian Mosque
  • Argus Building
  • ArtPlay
  • Arts Centre – Hamer Hall
  • Arts Centre - Theatre Building
  • Australian Tapestry Workshop
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Block Arcade
  • Bower House, The
  • Cairo Flats
  • Catholic Theological Centre
  • Circus Oz HQ
  • Channel 9 Studios
  • City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
  • Clare Cousins Architects, Blackwood Street Bunker
  • Collingwood Masonic Centre
  • Commons, The
  • Como House & Garden
  • Coop’s Shot Tower Museum
  • Council House 2, CH2
  • East Melbourne Library
  • East Melbourne Synagogue
  • Elm Tree House, Italian Cultural Institute
  • Esplanade Hotel, The
  • Federation Square
  • Flinders Street Ballroom
  • German Lutheran Church
  • Government House
  • Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne
  • Hawthorn Tram Depot
  • Hellenic Museum
  • Hotel Windsor, The
  • Hunter Street Apartments
  • Jewish Museum of Australia
  • Johnston Collection, The
  • Lego Education Centre
  • Library at the Dock
  • Limelight Studios and Salvation Army Heritage Centre
  • Luna Park
  • Malvern Town Hall - Stonnington City Centre
  • Manchester Unity Building
  • Melbourne Athenaeum, The
  • Melbourne Central - Glass Cone Tour
  • Melbourne City Baths
  • Melbourne General Cemetery
  • Melbourne Hebrew Congregation and Synagogue
  • Melbourne Town Hall and Offices
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • Myer Mural Hall
  • No 1 Spring Street
  • NAB Headquarters 700
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • NH Architecture
  • Northbrook (Stonnington History Centre) & Stables (Home of Stonnington City Brass)
  • Old Treasury Building
  • Parliament House
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Port of Melbourne Boat Tours
  • Portable Iron Houses
  • Prahran Town Hall
  • College of Law and Justice, Victoria University - Former Public Records Office
  • Quays, The
  • RMIT Building 113 - Capitol Theatre
  • RMIT Building 80 - Swanston Academic Building
  • RMIT Design Hub
  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Melbourne Observatory
  • Royal Botanic Gardens - Plant Craft Cottage
  • Royal Children's Hospital
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels and Towers
  • Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club
  • Royal Society of Victoria
  • Russell Place Substation
  • Scots' Church and Assembly Hall
  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Slattery Offices
  • South Melbourne Town Hall
  • Space & Co, The GPT Group
  • St Kilda Library
  • St Michael's Church
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
  • State Library of Victoria - Queens Hall
  • State Library of Victoria - La Trobe Reading Room
  • Substation ‘J’
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Swedish Church, Toorak House
  • Tasma Terrace
  • University of Melbourne - Architecture Building
  • University of Melbourne - Green Roof Burnley Campus
  • University of Melbourne - St Marys Newman Academic Centre
  • University of Melbourne - Wilson Hall
  • University of Melbourne – Newman College
  • Urban Workshop, The
  • Victoria Barracks
  • Victoria Police Mounted Branch
  • Wesley Uniting Church
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Young and Jackson Hotel

Open House Melbourne 2014 July Program

  • Open House Melbourne Launch at J Substation, Wednesday 2 July, 6pm - 9pm at the CitiPower J Substation and Water Tank Way, Melbourne
  • Speaker Series 1: Design City, Built Melbourne! Wednesday 16 July, 6pm - 9pm at Deakin Edge, Federation Square
  • Speaker Series 2: New Suburban, Tuesday 22 July, 6pm - 9pm at RMIT Capitol Theatre
  • Open House Melbourne - Nite Art, Wednesday 23 July, 6pm - 11pm, Various locations
  • The Competition Documentary Screening, Saturday 26 July and Sunday 27 July at ACMI Cinemas
  • Open House Melbourne weekend, 26 July and 27 July, 10am - 4pm