Open House Melbourne goes online in 2020

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Melbourne’s doors may currently be closed, but Open House Melbourne’s doors are open now more than ever before – in a virtual sense.

The annual initiative that encourages appreciation for architecture, design and history has taken its traditional weekend of open days online in 2020, with six weeks of virtual tours through some of the city’s most well-known buildings, including some of Hobsons Bay’s interesting spaces.

From now until 31 August there will be events and talks, including a Q&A with local Modscape founder Jan Gyrn on Saturday 25 July at 11am, as well as tours of some of the west’s best architecture, including: the Victorian era Williamstown Town Hall; Federation style The SUBSTATION gallery; and contemporary gems like Williamstown Library and the Australian Islamic Centre designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize–winning architect Glenn Murcutt and Islamic architect Hakan Elevli.

Open House Melbourne is an independent organisation that has been operating an annual program since 2008. It aims to foster public appreciation for architecture and public engagement in conversations about the future of our cities. Following our successful program last year, Council is again a proud collaborator in Open House Melbourne.

The full list of buildings, access to virtual tours and additional content is available at

As stated by joint Arts Culture and Tourism portfolio holder and Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates

“What a fantastic way to showcase some of the best architectural design and history we have here in Hobsons Bay. I’m proud to see Hobsons Bay’s presence grow at this year’s Open House Melbourne and I’m very much looking forward to participating in the digital offerings that have been developed during these unprecedented times.”

As stated by joint Arts Culture and Tourism portfolio holder Cr Angela Altair

“It will be great to take a rare peek inside our many magnificent buildings and discover the story behind their design. You can get to appreciate the creativity that has gone into buildings that are not only practical but also very beautiful. Jump on to the Open House Melbourne website and go for a wander from the comfort of your own home.”

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