Lofty view vantage points for Melbourne Open House weekend

Alistair WalshJuly 24, 20120 min read

Building owners in Melbourne will let curious punters visit previously restricted properties as Melbourne Open House kicks off for another year this weekend.

The two-day event will let the public have access to Melbourne’s top architectural developments and structural oddities. It runs over July 28 and 29.

The event has grown significantly over the last five years with last year’s event attracting 106,000 visits over the weekend. That’s 10 times as many volts as runs through the JA substation in Spring Street, which is one of the buildings open to the public.

There are 100 buildings open this year, including places like the Peter Mac radiation therapy bunkers, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne Town Hall and Melbourne University’s Yarra-side boathouse.

Spokesperson Robert Larocca says the most popular buildings are inevitably those which offer a view of the city from up high.

Some of those offering views this year are Edgewater Towers at 1 Spring Street, the Urban Workshop, Orica House and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Towers.

“This is the only weekend in the year when you can see the very best and most loved buildings in the city for free,” Larocca says.

Some smaller spaces have been booked out but most spaces remain open.

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Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter
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