Open House Melbourne is back in 2013, offering Melburnians a unique opportunity to peek behind the city’s façades and discover some of the hidden histories underpinning our architectural gems. Over the weekend of July 27 and 28, more than 100 buildings will be opening their doors, granting access to buildings generally kept from public view.

Spokesperson Robert Larocca hopes that the event “makes Melburnians look at their city with fresh eyes and understand how important quality design is to our cherished liveability”.

Open House has been running since 2008 and many favourites from past years are on the list again, including bastion of local manufacturing Phillips Shirts and noir-themed living space Little Black Number. There are also some exciting new sites on the line-up, including the Rubik’s Cube-like Channel 9 studios in the Docklands and the most recent addition to Melbourne’s skyline, 171 Collins Street (also known as the old Mayfair Building), with its restored heritage facade. This will be the last chance to tour through the Collins Street building, as its gorgeous views of the city will soon become the private domain of its new tenants.

A fascinating blend of old and new, residential and commercial, the Open House Melbourne program is a fitting tribute to a multifaceted city, and a chance to explore the architecture that frames our lives.

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