For those of you not familiar with Open House, it is a simple but powerful concept founded in London in 2002 showcasing the architecture that surrounds the city for free. It provides the immediate public a chance to explore and appreciate the varying built environments not normally open to everyone.
Its popularity has since spread to Melbourne in 2008 and grown to over 140 buildings open to the public this weekend only. I myself have participated in this wonderful event every year since 2009 and encourage all members to grasp at this opportunity.
Whether it be a building that has intrigued you everyday as you walk past it heading to class,a type of Architectural period brilliance you would like to understand more of or an Architecture firm’s studio you would like to be involved in; there is just about something for everyone.
My favourites which are on display this weekend are:
The Russell Place Substation – One of the oldest substations within Melbourne, having previously supplied Melbourne with DC supply before it was converted to what is now an operating substation by Citipower.
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) designed by Silver Thomas Hanley and DesignInc with McBride Charles Ryan – A massive endeavour by the Victorian Government through public private partnership for a purpose built biomedical precinct located on the footsteps of the Melbourne University Markville campus. It will also be home to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
For more information, head over to http://www.openhousemelbourne.org for full building listings and events
-William on behalf of the ABA team