Winter adventures in Architecture, Open House Melbourne 2013

With spring taking a firm grasp on Melbourne, it is time for a well overdue post on Melbourne Open House 2013 .

Open House Melbourne 2013

Open House Melbourne 2013

Occasionally I receive a comment along the lines of Architecture is a luxury only for those who can afford it. However in Melbourne at least, brilliant public architecture is all around us. And for one weekend a year, over 100 buildings open their doors to see behind the scenes for free!

This post is a photographic essay of images taken over both days in our wonderful city.

Council House 2

This building is an experiment in environmental sustainability conceived by a collaboration between Melbourne City Council and Design Inc. It has achieved remarkable results from an environmental viewpoint whilst also progressing our knowledge about which technologies work well in practice. Click here for further information

The Operable Timber Facade of Council House 2

The Operable Timber Facade of Council House 2

Within the environmentally experimental office space

Within the environmentally experimental office space

View from between the timber screens

View from between the timber screens

View from the rooftop

View from the rooftop at the Manchester Unity Building and Swanston Street

Old Treasury Building 

The Old Treasury was designed in 1857 by John James Clark when he was just nineteen years old. It is considered one of Melbourne’s best examples of Renaisance Revival Architecture

To find out more visit www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

Old Treasury

Facade Detail

Facade Detail

Architectural elevation by Architect  John James Clark on display within

Architectural elevation by Architect John James Clark on display within

lighting chandelier

lighting chandelier

The gold vaults below

The gold vaults below

Vaulted ceiling texture

Vaulted ceiling texture

Russell Place Substation

The Russell Place substation is an unusual place for a tour, but as you can see below there is no shortage of people fascinated by what happens beneath.

Patience is sometimes required

This is not a queue for a club or show. It is in fact a 2 hour long line to tour the Russell Place substation

A scene from deep below Russell Place

A scene from deep below Russell Place

Live equipment on show

Live equipment on show

Not a scene from that alien movie

Not a scene from that alien movie

Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels and Helipad 

The opportunity to see the very lowest and highest points of the Royal Melbourne Hospital was too good to refuse.   The hospital was founded in 1848 and was moved to the current site in Parkville in 1944.

Services tunnels surrounding the Royal Melbourne Hospital

Services tunnels surrounding the Royal Melbourne Hospital

1939 Blueprints on display for the tour

1939 Blueprints on display for the tour

View from the rooftop helipad

View from the rooftop helipad

For more information on Open House Melbourne visit their website

http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/

Architecture is for everyone

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About Michael Smith

Architect and Director of Atelier Red + Black based in Melbourne, Australia
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3 Responses to Winter adventures in Architecture, Open House Melbourne 2013

  1. Sonia says:

    Loved it! Glad to see you are back in the blogosphere 😀

  2. Mervyn H-D says:

    Insightful & informative as usual! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Pingback: Melbourne Open House 2016 | The Red and Black Architect

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