Open House Melbourne 2015 Photos

RMIT Design Hub

Exterior of RMIT Design Hub

The doors were wide open Melbourne’s rarely seen, but ever present buildings and workspaces across the CBD and inner city suburbs. For my sixth year, I explored three significant buildings from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Can’t get more diverse than that!

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Meat Market, North Melbourne

Built in 1880 to the design of architect George Johnson – now a grade one heritage-listed building. Noted for it’s character-packed, ostentatious architecture with decorative ram head sculptures dotted throughout. Today, it’s fully preserved thanks to the Bracks government and now used as a performing arts space. George Johnson also designed other notable buildings including the Fitzroy Town Hall and St Kilda Hall.

Meat Market

Meat Market entrance

Meat Market

Meat Market interior

Meat Market

Meat Market – brass ram head ornamentation

Edgewater Towers, St Kilda

Australia’s first multi-residential apartment complex, designed to bring the Miami-style living to St Kilda. Designed by émigré architect Mordechai Benshemesh and completed in 1961, it’s the perfect time capsule of Mid Century Modern architecture in Melbourne.

Edgewater Towers

Edgewater Towers rooftop

Edgewater Towers

Edgewater Towers interior leading onto balcony

Edgewater Towers letterboxes

Edgewater Towers letterboxes

RMIT Design Hub, CBD

Completed in 2012 to house RMIT’s School of Architecture, Design Hub’s minimalism architecture is designed to inspire the students to explore solar energy and environmental factors in their work.

RMIT Design Hub

RMIT Design Hub

Open House Melbourne 2014 Photos

Argus Building

OHM 2014 – First look at the Argus Building renovations

Melbourne was flooded with a sea of purple last weekend, as Open House Melbourne opened the doors to some of Melbourne’s favourite and iconic buildings to the public, for the seventh year. This year, I volunteered my photography skills to document this insightful, not-for-profit event.

Open House Melbourne is always a highlight of my annual photography events. I am a sucker for local history and sneaking into places, and it was a pleasure to be able to give back to this cultural event by volunteering as an event photographer. Over the weekend, I managed to see behind closed doors of some remarkable historic sights that I had never seen and revisit some old favourites.

Check out my archive of Open House Melbourne photos 2010-2014.

Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

During my Uni days, the Argus Building on the corner of Elizabeth & Latrobe Streets was always boarded up, covered in graffiti and probably occupied by squatters. I was intrigued.
The Argus Building was home to local newspaper The Argus, which ceased publication in the 1950s and ceased occupation. It’s beaux arts-style architecture fell into disrepair until the Melbourne Institute of Technology earmarked it for redevelopment to turn it into a bustling CBD campus. While only the facade was heritage listed, the long-term foresight of the university and architect firm DesignInc painstakingly restored the foyer and it’s ornate vaulted ceiling to its former grandeur. OHM provided the first glimpse of the renovations to the public, due to open January 2015.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

OHM Pop-up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol (well… I am a local, not a tourist). What a way to experience it – illuminated red for Open House Melbourne’s Pop-up Bar event. Built in 1839, it famously housed bush-ranger Ned Kelly. Now a museum, you can explore the gaol cells and learn about the men and women who were imprisoned here, some notorious, some wrongly convicted, which gives great insight to the values Australia held at the time.

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Inside a 1920′s X Class M&MTB Tram

Finally opened to the public, I believe the Hawthorn Tram Depot will become one of Melbourne’s must-see tourist spots. Housing an impressively restored collection of Melbourne’s tram fleet throughout the years, patrons can walk in, sit in the drivers seat and toot the horns of these iconic public transportation vehicles.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral

Inside St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built in the heat of Melbourne’s gold rush, this cathedral was built in the opulence of Gothic Revival style, which perfectly encapsulates ‘booming Melbourne’. I liked this cute moment captured, a little girl mesmerised by the candles against the grandeur of the medieval-style doors.

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall

Mirrored walls at Hamer Hall

From the old, to the new… I satisfied my inner music nerd with a visit to The Arts Centre. It’s not often that we celebrate 1980′s architecture, but the lights reflecting in the mirrored staircase is a fantastic way to enter a venue.

Waiting… at The Hotel Windsor

Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph.

Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph.

During my Open House Melbourne adventures, I spotted this poignant performance art piece at The Hotel Windsor, Waiting by Hannah Smith and Michael John Joseph. Performed in the defunct, but historically significant elevator shafts of The Hotel Windsor. Read more about the piece and The Windsor Art Award on the ABC Arts website.

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Open House Melbourne 2013 – Photos

St Michael's Uniting Church

St Michael’s Uniting Church

Open House Melbourne, now in its sixth year was bigger than ever – more than 100 buildings opened the doors to the public. For the fourth year, I headed down to OHM to photograph the marvelous Hotel Windsor (Melbourne’s oldest purpose-built hotel, still in operation), St Michael’s Uniting Church and the Rialto building. Once again, the day was an absolute delight, the volunteer guides were knowledgeable and the day provided a rare insight into Melbourne’s hidden architectural gems.

Check out a selection of my OHM highlights over the years.

Open House Melbourne 2012

Melbourne General Cemetery

Detail category, Runner Up – Open House Melbourne

Once a year, Open House Melbourne unlocks the doors to give the public the opportunity to explore may of the city’s significant buildings. I love documenting urban life, Melbourne’s history and culture and coupled with OHM’s photography competition, it’s a not to be missed weekend on my calendar.

One of my photos of Melbourne General Cemetery has been selected for the Open House Melbourne 2012 Photo Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at Michael’s Photographic Gallery, Cnr Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne from Oct 26th, 2012.

View more of my photos from Open House Melbourne over the years on Flickr.