Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne (OHM) has run on the last weekend of July (or close to) in Melbourne since 2008. Every year, thousands of people gain access to buildings and spaces not generally open to the public, ranging from historic buildings, icons and contemporary architecture.

The original Open House concept was implemented in London in 1992 and still runs today. OHM and its sister events in other cities across the world aim to expose the public to architecture at the urban scale. OHM is a not-for-profit organisation, coordinated by a large team of volunteer architects, and is run purely for the benefit of the wider architectural dialogue.

The concept of OHM is simple: it reinforced the notion that public engagement with our built environment is an important civic issue. The success of this is evident in the large number of people who attend the event (130,000 last year) and document it via various social media outlets. Last year, a crowdfunding campaign augmented ongoing corporate sponsorship and patronage in funding the event.

Within the Melbourne architecture and design calendar, OHM is arguably the single most important event of the year, because it opens up the output of the profession to the general public. It stands in a very small group of likeminded organisations that focus on communicating to the public instead the industry.

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