Take photos. Admire architecture. Be inspired. So goes the routine for Open House Perth, a weekend-long event that hands local design enthusiasts the keys to many of the city’s (typically closed) commercial, historical and residential properties and invites them to explore.
2018 marks the sixth year of Open House Perth, a part of the global Open House concept that originated in London in 1992 to encourage an understanding of architecture.
“Since Open House Perth’s first event in 2012, we’ve opened the doors to hundreds of destinations for nearly 300,000 people,” says Grant Capriotti, the event director for Open House Perth. “There’s no doubt that the people of Perth have a hunger for good design and a passion for great architecture.”
The list of buildings open this weekend covers all corners of the Perth CBD and includes Channel 9 Perth Studios, Council House, Optus Stadium and the new QT Hotel. In addition to rolling out the welcome mat for interested observers, many venues will also be holding talks and discussions.
On Saturday, Hadiqa, Andy Freeman’s Moroccan-themed bar at Hibernian Place, is hosting a talk with local design and concept team, Milieu Creative. The Milieu team will talk through the process of constructing the bar and bringing Freeman’s visions to life. Complimentary Moroccan tea will be served through the discussion.
Also on the Saturday, Jen Lowe of Perth-based interior architecture and design studio Ohlo Studio will be at Chicho Gelato discussing interiors in the retail industry and the relationship between design and brand. Guests will be served a complimentary coffee granita with whipped cream.
One of the more popular features of Open House Perth is the residential destinations. New projects such as the striking Brick House designed and built by State of Kin will be open for the first time, as will the new apartments at the recently developed Claremont by Mirvac.
A full event guide is available here
Open House Perth runs on Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11.