Open House Melbourne 2020

When: 1 - 31 July
Where: Online
How much: Free!
More info: Open House Melbourne website

Open House Melbourne is back for its 13th edition with a series of free design and architecture events to liven up the month of July – and they’re doing things a little differently this year. The future of our city will be considered across a range of talks and discussions with a special focus on the environmental impacts of design decisions and architectural responses to creating COVID-safe spaces. In a predominantly digital format and for the first time, visitors will be able to skip the queues and not worry about booked out tours to their favourite sites around town.

In addition to virtual tours, the annual weekend of live events set for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July will host a series of digital experiences including live tours, panels, architect Q&As and musical performances. To mark the new format, this year’s Open House will be launched by Grand Designs’ host Peter Maddison in conversation with key staff and partners on Thursday 16 July.

We’re also looking forward to Assemble’s participation in the program this year! They’ll be hosting two conversations on Instagram with architects Thomas Gilbert from Hayball, and Quino Holland from Fieldwork. They’ll chat about the motivation for the design of Assemble’s two upcoming projects in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington – 15 Thompson St and 393 Macaulay Rd. If you’d like to learn more about Assemble’s design philosophy, tune in at 11am this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.

[Main image: Former Salter House, photo by Jack Lovel]