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.
Film screenings, talks, tours and evening events will coincide with the open buildings across the weekend. The initiative will also be partnering with Nite Art to install site specific artworks within some of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces.
Last year the event opened the doors to buildings rarely seen in anything but photographs. The substation at Russel Place, The Royal Melbourne Hospital tunnels and the former No. 3 Carlton Fire Station were just a few of the buildings that were opened to the public for the event.
In the lead up to the weekend, Open House Melbourne will work with publisher Thames & Hudson to launch a residential architecture tour that opens the doors to houses featured in the New Suburban book by Stuart Harrison.
Open House Melbourne CEO Fred Tinsley is notably excited about the event and hopes for a sixth successful year.
“I am thrilled to be leading the only major event that draws its attractions directly from Melbourne and its built environment. Open House Melbourne puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for people to discover what makes their city special,” he said.
<Russell Place Substation was opened to the public at last years evet. Image: Tobias Titz
^ Mission to Seafarers was explored at last years event. Architects: Walter Butler. Photo: Eamon Gallagher
^ The Urban Workshop featured at last years Open House Melbourne.Image - NHArchitecture
The full building list will be announced in June.
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