Weekend to do: tour some of Melbourne’s quirkiest housing designs

Published:  July 21, 2016

In its ninth year, Open House Melbourne offers an expanded foot print beyond the central city and into the suburbs. This year, the Open House Melbourne Weekend program is held on 30 and 31 July and features over 140 buildings; take a tour into Willsmere in Kew, a unique heritage- listed residential estate or check out the beautiful Dolls House home in Northcote. Or visit the Acute House in Albert Park. To be the neighbourhood’s landmark (if it hasn’t already), the slender home sits on a very tiny piece of land and looks like a prow of a ship cutting through a harbour.

AcuteHEROThe original, and extremely decrepit, Victorian weatherboard cottage had become impossible to inhabit but was loved by the neighbourhood and the new owners. The design was led by Fooi-Ling Khoo of OOF! Architecture. And like fragile museum artefacts, original warped weatherboards, fence palings and random accumulations such as door knobs, vents and street numbers were carefully removed, labelled and stored for re-installation on a new base that gave the house a chance to live again, in a new way.

In addition to the Weekend, Open House Melbourne continues to promote public engagement with architecture and the built environment with its full program of events throughout July.

From the popular Speaker Series and Documentary screenings at ACMI, the Open House Melbourne July program sees a special collaboration with the Wheeler Centre: Access All Areas, a program of intimate conversations with Melbourne writers in the local buildings that have shaped their work. Also opening in July as part of the Open House program is RMIT Design Hub’s Exhibition: Occupied, an exhibition that looks at proposals for housing that adapt and repurpose current structures and environments.

Since 2008, Open House Melbourne has been championing the city’s architecture and built environment through the July Weekend and year-round program. Open House’s mission is to inform people about what makes for a well-designed, vibrant and liveable place now and in the future.

See here for more details on Open House Melbourne.

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