Melbourne Open House has unveiled a series of limited tours ahead of the unveiling of the full 2022 program.
Under the broad theme of Built/Unbuilt, the 2022 program will be the first in-person event in three years and promises to be one of the largest in Open House Melbourne history.
The series of tours offers the opportunity to experience some of Melbourne’s most recently completed and yet to be completed spaces.
Melbourne Holocaust Museum by Kerstin Thompson Architects
Opening in late 2022, this limited, exclusive tour offers a rare opportunity to experience the building before furnishing the interior. The project includes three museums: a permanent Holocaust museum, a children’s museum and a gallery for temporary exhibitions, as well as a contemplative garden, two auditoriums and a memorial room. The tours are led by architect Kerstin Thompson and Jayne Josem, CEO of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum.
Munro Precinct Community Hub by Six Degrees Architects and Bates Smart
This new building is part of the Queen Victoria Mark redevelopment and includes affordable housing, a car park and a ‘city room’ that will become a new library. Tours of the city room are led by the architects. The project also includes a nursery and a city gallery.
Victorian Family Violence Memorial by Muir and Openwork
This newly completed monument creates a series of landscaped rooms on St Andrew’s Place, adjacent to Melbourne’s Parliamentary District. It has a sitting area and a field of purple flowers that bloom all year round. The project was designed in consultation with victim groups and traditional owners.
Rebuild La Mama by Meg White and Cottee Parker Architects
The popular La Mama theater in Carlton was badly damaged by a fire in 2018. In the project to rebuild it, the remains of the 130-year-old brick building were restored and improved. The theater is now fully accessible, has dedicated rehearsal and office spaces, as well as a raised community vegetable garden, solar panels and water tanks.
Glenroy Community Hub by Designinc
Located in the north western suburbs of Melbourne, this new building is Australia’s first Passive House certified community center. It is also designed to meet Living Building Challenge standards. The building generates 20 percent more energy than it uses and houses a library, children’s center, makerspace, public garden and customer service center.
Collingwood Yards by Fieldwork
Collingwood Yards is a mixed space for Melbourne’s artistic community with a collection of buildings from the former Collingwood Technical School. A collaboration with the social enterprise Contemporary Arts Precincts, the campus uses the architecture to facilitate the creative clashes between the artists and the public. The tours are led by chief architect Joachim Holland and resident artist Channon Goodwin.
Koorie Heritage Trust by Lyons, Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria
The Koorie Heritage Trust was relocated to the heart of Melbourne, in Federation Square, ahead of its 30th anniversary in 2015. The space in the Yarra Building is a third of its previous home on King Street; however, interventions by the architects transformed the interior walls into display racks, allowing 20 times more artifacts to be displayed. A limited-capacity tour of the space will be led by Fiona Lew, a Lyon employee, and a representative of the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Open House Melbourne also hosts a series of special events and panel discussions, including an exclusive screening of Modern Melbourne short films featuring architect Peter Elliott, the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medalist, and a series of lectures curated by architect and advocate for affordable housing Tanya Davidge.
The full program of Open House Melbourne will be released on June 20. The event takes place on the last weekend of July (July 30-31.)