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Local buildings open doors

30 Jun 2016

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Buildings across Docklands will open their doors later this month during Open House Melbourne.

The annual event, which puts a spotlight on unique buildings and spaces in Melbourne, will this year feature more than 140 buildings.

In Docklands you can explore the historic Mission to Seafarers building on Flinders St, wander through the much newer AGL (699 Bourke St) and NAB (700 Bourke St) buildings or, for something completely different, explore the Port of Melbourne on a boat tour.

The buildings will open to the public on the weekend of July 30 and 31, offering plenty of interesting opportunities.

“As we move towards our 10-year anniversary in 2017, we are committed to opening the doors of a larger number of significant buildings across Melbourne,” Open House Melbourne creative director Emma Telfer said.

“People will be able to explore buildings and places in their own neighbourhood that have helped shape the city.”

“The weekend is a chance to challenge your opinion about architecture, build your knowledge of Melbourne’s history, learn about other cultures and arm yourself with information about future developments that will impact the city,” Ms Telfer said.

Alongside the Open House Melbourne weekend, there will also be a series of events throughout July including two panel discussions on “high density happiness”.

For more information about Open House Melbourne weekend and events during July visit http://www.openhousemelbourne.org

Open House Melbourne has partnered with Open Journal to present the discussions.

The first, on July 13, will discuss the culture of apartment living. The session will look how we can develop apartments that take into account the needs of people at different life stages and the impact of design on liveability.

On July 21, a panel will look at curbing urban sprawl. The panel discussion will focus on finding a balance between affordability and liveability, with apartment quality, rather than size, a key consideration.

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