Open House Melbourne has announced its July program consisting of a series of special events, talks and tours to over 105 buildings.

There is no building ballot this year. Nearly all buildings open on the weekend are open access and self-guided, but a small number of buildings have pre-booked tours. Bookings open on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at 10am until booked out, limited to two places per person per tour. Please check on the website before planning a visit to these buildings.

The Open House Melbourne Weekend is awash with free tours, talks and events. Some of the events may require pre-booking, so please check the website before turning up. Bookings open on Wednesday 8th July at 10am until booked out. Visit for more information.

Open House Melbourne 2015 Weekend Buildings


  • C01 41X. Photography John Gollings


  • C02 Argus Building
  • C03 ArtPlay
  • C04 Council House 2 — CH2
  • C05 DesignInc
  • C06 Escala Partners
  • C07 Federation Square *. Photography by Craig George


  • C08 Limelight Studios and
 Salvation Army Heritage Centre
  • C09 Melbourne Central Unlocked Tours **
  • C10 Melbourne Town Hall 
and Offices. Photography by Annie Yu


  • C11 Myer Mural Hall
  • C12 RMIT Building 80
  • C13 RMIT Storey Hall
  • C14 Russell Place Substation
  • C15 State Library of Victoria 
Queen’s Hall and Conservation Lab Tours **
  • C16 Scots’ Church and 
Assembly Hall. Photography by Annie Yu


  • C17 Koorie Heritage Trust 
at Fed Square
  • C18 Gordon Place
  • C19 Folk Architects
  • C20 Total House 


  • D01 AGL


  • D02 Forte
  • D03 Mission to Seafarers
  • D04 NAB 700 Bourke


  • E01 Catholic Theological College
  • E02 East Melbourne Library and 
Community Centre
  • E03 East Melbourne Synagogue. Photography by Pietro Giordano


  • E04 German Lutheran Church
  • E05 Hawthorn Tram Depot
  • E06 The Hotel Windsor **
  • E07 The Johnston Collection, Fairhall House Museum **
  • E08 Old Treasury Building
  • E09 Orica House
  • E10 Parliament House


  • E11 Royal Australasian College 
of Surgeons
  • E12 Royal Society of Victoria
  • E13 Tasma Terrace


  • N01 Albanian Mosque

  • N02 Cairo Flats


  • N03 La Mama
  • N04 Meat Market

  • N05 Clare Cousins Architects, Blackwood Street Bunker
  • N06 Northcote Hemp House

  • N07 Melbourne General Cemetery
  • N08 Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and Victorian Archives Centre

  • N09 RMIT Design Hub
. Photography by Annie Yu


  • N10 Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre *
  • N11 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design
  • N12 The University of Melbourne, Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology
  • N13 The University of Melbourne, Wilson Hall

  • N14 The University of Melbourne, Grimwade Centre
  • N15 The University of Melbourne, Bio 21 Institute
  • N16 The University of Melbourne, LAB-14

  • N17 The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity *


  • N18 The University of Melbourne, Newman College
  • N19 The University of Melbourne, Ernie Cropley Sports Pavilion


  • PP01 Australian Tapestry Workshop
  • PP02 Edgewater Towers

  • PP03 Eildon Mansion
  • PP04 Esplanade Vaults
  • PP05 South Melbourne Town Hall
  • PP06 Portable Iron Houses
. Photography by Annie Yu


  • PP07 Parish of the Parks Albert Park Church


  • S01 Government House

  • S02 Melbourne Synagogue


  • S03 National Gallery of Victoria **
  • S04 Royal Botanic Gardens Plant Craft Cottage
  • S05 Shrine of Remembrance
  • S06 Victoria Police Mounted Branch

  • S07 Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building **


  • S08 Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall **
  • S09 Arts Centre Melbourne, The Channel
  • S10 Southbank Tram Depot *
  • S11 The University of Melbourne, Boat House Extension
  • S12 Prima Tower *


  • ST01 Como House & Garden
  • ST02 Toorak House, Swedish Church


  • ST03 Umina — Country Women’s Association of Victoria

  • ST04 Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club
ST05 Central South Yarra


  • W01 Hellenic Museum

  • W02 Australian Army Medical Corps
  • W03 Signal

  • W04 Substation ‘J’


  • W05 Supreme Court of Victoria **
  • W06 The Australian Club



  • Y01 Circus Oz HQ

  • Y02 Collingwood Masonic Centre
  • Y03 Collingwood Town Hall

  • Y04 The University of Melbourne, Green Roofs Burnley Campus



  • Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Tour *
  • Hello House Tour *
  • Sussan and Sportsgirl Headquarters Tour *
  • Rooftops of Melbourne Tour *
  • Margaret Court Arena Tour *
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour *
  • Luna Park Tour *

* This Building runs prebooked tours only.
** This Building is open access and also runs prebooked tours of special spaces.


Open House Free Speaker Series

The popular Open House Melbourne Speaker Series evenings are a rare chance to hear Melbourne’s leading architects and designers discuss the creative process that underpins their work.


This annual talk presents a diverse cross-section of design disciplines and building typologies that form the built fabric of Melbourne. A rare opportunity to hear from the experts on the design process behind the built outcome. Come and be inspired and indulge your #CURIOCITY.

  • WHEN
: Thursday 2nd July
  • TIME: 
Doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start 8pm finish
  • WHERE:
 Melbourne School of Design Auditorium, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
  • COST: Free

TALK 2: 

A look at how good design enables small living in the city. In the spirit of publications such as Assemble Papers, Open House Melbourne takes a look at residential projects that
 use design to enable people
 to be better serviced by and connected to the city.

  • WHEN:
 Tuesday 21st July
  • TIME
: 6pm for a 6:30pm start 8pm finish
  • WHERE: Deakin Edge, Federation Square Melbourne
  • COST: Free

Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies Exhibition

Presented by RMIT Design Research Institute

The Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies exhibition seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

  • WHEN: 
23rd July to 9th August 2015
  • WHERE:
 RMIT Design Hub, Gallery cnr Victoria and Swanston St, Melbourne
  • TIMES: 
11am to 6pm Monday to Friday 12pm to 5pm Saturday


  • WHEN: 12pm to 4pm, Sunday 26th July & Sunday 9th August (not open Sunday 2nd August 2015)
  • COST: Free

Open House Melbourne x Nite Art

Open House Melbourne joins forces with Nite Art once again to connect art with architecture across the city.

  • WHEN: 
Thursday 23rd July 2015
  • WHERE: Melbourne CBD
  • TIME: 
6pm to 12am
  • COST: Free

Assemble Presents Utopia City

What’s your dream future city? Come help Assemble build it. They’ve gathered a gaggle of grown- up architects, artists and designers to guide kids (and big kids) in a collaborative city-building workshop using all sorts of recycled materials. Contribute your creation to a growing metropolis that will evolve over the course of the day. City-lovers of all ages welcome.

  • WHERE: 
The University of Melbourne, School of Design, Masson Road, The University of Melbourne, Parkville
  • WHEN:
 Sunday 26th July 2015
  • WHO
: Kids of all ages. All children must be supervised by a parent or caregiver.
  • TIMES:
 Morning workshop 10am to 12pm Afternoon workshop 2pm to 4pm
  • COST: Free
: Wednesday 8th July 2015 from 10am at


Directed by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania is a feature length film capturing a month-long immersion in the life of London’s Barbican Centre and Estate.

  • WHEN: 
Sunday 26th July 2015
  • WHERE: 
ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
  • TIME: 
7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • COST: $20
  • FOLLOWED BY: Panel discussion exploring the themes of the film

Places People Work

Places People Work is a series of hosted walking tours by Geyer 
that explore the evolution of how people work in the city. You will tour through contemporary and historic workplace environments that look at activity based working, agile and mobile working, creative community spaces, and everything in-between.

  • WHEN:
 Wednesday, 22nd July 2015
  • WHERE:
 Geyer, Level 6, 259 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • TIME: 12pm – 2pm
  • COST: Free
Wednesday 8th July 2015 from 10am at

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