Doors open to Melbourne’s (hidden) architectural gems

From the heritage-listed to private residences, Open House Melbourne offers exclusive access to hidden stories of the built environment.
ANZ’s Gothic Chamber transformed into a 21st Century Banking Museum, part of Open House Melbourne. Photo: Supplied. A gothic interior with people casually lounging.

Open House Melbourne Weekend (27-28 July) provides the opportunity to visit some of the city’s best hidden architectural masterpieces, including a private residence designed by Australian modernist architect, Robin Boyd, not previously opened to the public.

The 2024 program is centred on the theme RE/DISCOVER your City and offers different perspectives on the built environment.

Over 170 buildings will open their doors over the two days, from the Essendon Incinerator and Hawthorn Tram Depot to the new Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre, The Round, and the renovated Koorie Heritage Trust.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_