Melbourne Open House 2012
Melbourne Open House has announced the list of buildings for their 2012 event. The Open House weekend will take place on the 28th and 29th of July. This year there are exactly 100 buildings on the list, they are grouped according to situation in the North, South, East and West of Melbourne. The majority are in the CBD or close by with a handful further afield in Port Melbourne, Fitzroy North, and Essendon. The full list can be found on the Melbourne Open House website here.
The buildings that you will be able to see inside include both historical and contemporary examples, from the grandly historical such as Melbourne Town Hall and the Manchester Unity Buidling to the contemporary spaces of Denmark House or the roof garden at 131 Queen St.
Of particular interest to those MAN readers will be the many arts related spaces that will be open inlcuding guided tours of the NGV, the Australian Tapestry workshops, the Hellenic Museum in the Old Mint, the Johnston Collection in East Melbourne, the Grainger Museum, and the City of Melbourne Art and Heritage collection on display for the first time ‘en masse’, amongst many others!
The event is in its fifth year and the number of visits expected to exceed 120,000. Several buildings with limited capacity will require you to enter a ballot for a ticket. There will also be several tours running to complement the Open House weekend, more detail here.
A speaker series is running in the lead up to Open House weekend on the 26th June and the 10th July with talks from leading architects, landscape architects, urban planners, heritage experts and others.
There is also a call for volunteers to help out on the day. Volunteering gets you priority access to buildings.