This month, explore intriguing locations not usually open to the public

What do you really know about the structure of the city you live in?

Returning in person for the first time since 2019, Open House is a weekend of tours, talks and building walks that will let you discover how a well-designed city can impact your life. Taking place over the weekend of July 28-31, this year’s program is called Built/Unbuilt and will see Melbourne residents explore behind the scenes of some of our city’s most iconic buildings. With a partnership this year with Monash University Take hold of the clouds, this year’s program will feature interdisciplinary art and creative response across seven locations across Melbourne.

What do you want to know

  • Making a long-awaited return to physical programming, Open House invites the public to experience Melbourne’s architecture in an accessible way
  • This year’s program, Built/Unbuilt will invite audiences to spaces not usually open to the public, including The Sun Theatre, Brunswick Baths, Fed Square and more.
  • It runs from July 28 to 31

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

In partnership with RMIT University’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, their opening night takes place in the spectacular Capitole Theatre. This is a series of short presentations and conversations by renowned architects, designers and creators.

This year, as part of the Take hold of the clouds programming, there will be works of art and creative responses to urban environments scattered across the city. This includes The eye – a one-night-only performance at Brunswick Baths by artist Alicia Frankovich. A work that addresses the rising waters, the body and the elements, this bewitching and inspiring work invites the public to think about climate change and rising sea levels.

The Open House concept was founded by Victoria Thornton in London in 1992. With the aim of fostering public engagement and enabling the public to engage with the architecture of their city, it has since expanded to more than 40 cities around the world. Reaching 750,000 people worldwide, it is the largest audience of any public-facing architecture program

Keep up to date with their program by going to the section here.

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