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What We Do

Celebrating good design in the cities built environment.

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city.

We invite people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city.

We do this through our annual free weekend at the end of July and through a series of accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events throughout the year.

The Weekend puts a spotlight on the unique spaces and places that form the foundation of Melbourne, providing an opportunity for you to consider what makes Melbourne unique. The Weekend showcases buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture, and consider what makes a liveable city. 

The dates for next year's Open House Melbourne Weekend are 29 and 30 July 2017.

After being a finalist in 2010 and 2011, Open House Melbourne received the prestigious Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Community Organisation in 2012. Open House Melbourne also received recognition for our work promoting architecture to the public with a Special Award from the Australian Institute of Architecture in 2012.

Open House Melbourne is the result of an initiative by the Committee for Melbourne, Future Focus Group, and is part of the Open House Worldwide Network, founded by Open House London.