Open House Melbourne 2014

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Open House Melbourne is a celebration of Melbourne through design and architecture. It’s an annual free event in which over 100 buildings are open to the public.

Some of these such as the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Town Hall are open to the public year round, but they may open special areas that are not normally accessible. Some places such as the substations are only open to the general public during Open House Melbourne and there are some exclusive areas such as the Manchester Unity Building and the Federation Square ballroom that only a few lucky ballot winners get to see.

With over 100 buildings all over Melbourne open, the hard part is trying to figure out where to go. There’s a website that lists the all the buildings, opening times, special requirements, and if queues are expected. It allows you to craft an itinerary and access it on the mobile app.

Theo and I went last year and visited about six buildings. It doesn’t sound like much, but you have to consider┬átravel time, queues, touring the site, taking photographs, pausing for lunch, etc. Time flies. One building we really wanted to see last year was the Russell Place┬áSubstation, but we gave up because the queue was so long. This year, we decided we’d try the J Substation and arrive an hour early. That paid off. We were first in line and it didn’t take long for a long queue to form. The other site we wanted to visit was the Royal Melbourne Hospital tunnels. Surprisingly, there was no queue for that. With those two out of the way, we just wandered about a bit and walked into whatever was open. We visited the Supreme Court of Victoria and Space & Co, a cool coworking space.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Inside the J Substation.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Inside the J Substation.

Open House Melbourne 2014

A peek inside the control room of the J Substation.

Open House Melbourne 2014

The control room of the J Substation.

Open House Melbourne 2014

The control room of the J Substation.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Just outside the J Substation. I love those bikes.

Open House Melbourne 2014

The tunnels of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Space & Co.

Open House Melbourne 2014

Space & Co has some terrific views of the city.

Open House Melbourne 2014

A wall at Space & Co.

Open House Melbourne 2014

A view of the city from Space & Co.

To see more photos, please visit my Flickr.

Did you attend Open House Melbourne? What did you see? What would you like to see?

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  1. Thanks again for bringing an event in my hometown to my attention. I did know it was on, but we had a visitor from the US and didnt know enough to get him enthusiastic about it. Next year, I’ll set an agenda for me.

    • It’s great! I suggest you take a couple of hours a few days before you go to review the buildings and create an itinerary. It doesn’t get the packed like White Night, but some buildings do attract a big crowd and only let in a few people at a time.

  2. Great pictures Cosette. I’m glad you got to see the substation this year.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  3. What exactly is the J substation? Nice photos.

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