Open House Melbourne 2021

Sat 24th July, 2021 – Sun 25th July, 2021
Various locations
Price: Free
A sneak peek into Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTQIA+ community centre, a brand-new innovation centre combining art and science, a series of talks about the role of design in shaping society (with snacks by Nornie Bero), and more.

The city’s annual open weekend that lets Melburnians enter houses, offices and businesses usually closed to the public is back. And yes, it’s happening IRL.

After more than a year of lockdowns and separation, Open House Melbourne’s theme for 2021 is Reconnect – and the program aims to reconnect us with little-seen parts of the city.

Be one of the first to step into the Victorian Pride Centre, the first purpose-built LGBTQIA+ community hub in Australia. Architects are taking members of the public on first-look tours through the St Kilda centre.

The University of Melbourne is unveiling its brand-new innovation precinct on the former site of the Royal Women’s Hospital. It’s home to researchers, startups and students, as well as the Science Gallery Melbourne, which explores the intersection of art and science through large-scale, flexible exhibitions. An Open House-exclusive tour delves into the site’s First Nations history.

Ahead of the open weekend, a program of talks by Living Cities Forum on Thursday July 22 will feature cross-disciplinary experts and specialists, including author Bruce Pascoe, English philosopher Timothy Morton, Indian architect Anupama Kundoo and Belgian designer Maarten Gielen. Celebrated chef Nornie Bero, who’s opening her new restaurant Big Esso at Federation Square, will be cooking seasonal native food for morning tea and lunch on the day.

This Is Public at RMIT’s Capitol theatre will feature short presentations by architects, designers and creatives, all asking us to take a closer look at how we occupy space in the city and alternative ways of adapting our buildings for the future.

There are also returning favourites from past programs, including tours through Collins Arch, State Library Victoria, Melbourne Quarter’s Sky Park and Collingwood Yards. Plus, a suite of digital tours and talks accessible from anywhere.

A full program will be released in early July.

More information here.