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This year, Open House Melbourne has announced a record 100 locations as part of its annual program to allow the public to see the best of the city’s architecture over one weekend, on 28-29 July.
2012 is Open House Melbourne’s fifth anniversary, as spokesperson Robert Larocca highlights: “In five short years Open House Melbourne has become a major winter event in the city. Last year there were 106,000 visits to 75 buildings and with 100 buildings this year is expected to be even more popular. The most popular buildings from last year are back and they are joined by many exiting additions including the new Royal Children’s Hospital, the just completed Hamer Hall redevelopment and a host of residential buildings. The City of Melbourne is opening a wide range of sites including the popular Town Hall and for the first time, the art and heritage collection storage facilty.”
“There will be a choice of buildings with fantastic city and bay views including Edgewater Towers, level 26 of No 1 Spring Street, level 33 of the Urban Workshop, level 6 of Orica House and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Towers. Visitors will get the opportunity to see inside of their most loved Melbourne buildings and see how innovative design is shaping the way we work, live and learn.”
The list of participating buildings will be available from 6pm today via openhousemelbourne.org, and programs can be also purchased at the Open House website and at selected sites closer to the weekend.
Three of the 100 buildings will be kept secret until closer to the even, when they will be announced on the Open House website and via social media, especially @MelbOpenHouse on Twitter.
As usual, the Open House program includes the free Speakers Series, which this year will be on June 26 and July 10. There will also be a special kids program, City of Melbourne Lighting tours and Melbourne Bike Share tours.
Open House Melbourne is an initiative of Committee for Melbourne and is supported by Shell Australia, a Committee for Melbourne Founding Member.