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Architectus returns to Open House Melbourne in 2024 – Book your spot!

Architectus is excited to once again be making an appearance in the Open House Melbourne program, with an industry panel discussion and two building tours in the 2024 lineup!

Open House Melbourne (OHM) celebrates the importance of good design in shaping communities and is the largest built environment festival in Australia.

The OHM Weekend includes over 170 programs tackling big city topics through talks, tours, and events. This year’s theme RE/DISCOVER your City is about seeking out new places and reconnecting with old favourites.

Here’s what we have in store:

Building Communities: Achieving a Sustainable Public Housing Solution

Friday, 26th July

As the city’s population is projected to reach 8 million by 2050, we urgently need inclusive housing strategies. This discussion will examine the crucial role of social sustainability and how to embed impactful initiatives that foster interconnected communities and authentically support social enterprises.

You will hear from Liz Seuseu, Senior Associate at Architectus; Sophie Buchanan, Planning Principal of RPS Group; Rob Rees, CEO of Cultivating Communities; and Olivia Ashton, Business Development and Project Manager at ReGround.

Gain insights into how to integrate social responsibility and sustainability in housing developments. The goal is to create housing solutions that not only meet the immediate needs of communities but also strategies that ensure the resilience and wellbeing of future generations.

The talk is hosted in Architectus Melbourne Studio, starting at 5pm. Learn more about the event here.

Book your ticket here.

Industry Lanes

Saturday, 29th July

Today, an increasing number of Melbourne office tenants and workers are falling for the unique charms and benefits of CBD fringe locations. Set in a gritty, character-filled pocket of Richmond, Industry Lanes is a campus-style workplace designed for workers seeking mixed experiences from their physical workplace.

The new mixed-use precinct features a range of agile work settings along with extensive retail, drinking, and dining space for over 2,000 employees. With interconnected buildings occupying an entire city block, the design creates an internal ‘village’ that links to existing street activity, welcoming not just workers but also the surrounding community.

Architectus Principals Shaun Schroter and Matthew Smith along with Associate Anton Hicks will lead guided tours and share how the design successfully connects with the neighbourhood, creating a lively precinct for both work and leisure.

Tours will begin at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm, and run for 45 minutes in groups of 15.

Learn more about the event here.

State Library Victoria

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th July

State Library Victoria (SLV) is one of Melbourne’s most loved institutions. The Swanston Street landmark welcomes more than two million people every year, making it the busiest state library in Australia and the fourth most visited library in the world.

SLV spans a full city block and includes 23 buildings that have evolved over the last 160 years. The 2020 Vision for State Library Victoria redevelopment, designed by Architectus with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects focused on revealing rather than replicating the heritage elements of the library while the new elements thread the spaces together to achieve a cohesive and satisfying visitor experience.

The redevelopment increased public space by 40 percent and seating by 70 percent and returned the inimitable Ian Potter Queen’s Hall to Victorians after being closed for 15 years.

Architectus Principal, Ruth Wilson will co-lead the heritage architecture tour with Arthur Andronas, focusing on the revitalisation of the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall along with other heritage-listed spaces.

Tours will begin at 11.30am and 1pm and run for 60 minutes in groups of 13.

Learn more about the event here. Book your ticket here.


Explore the full OHM 2024 program here.

Please note, all ticketing is managed by OHM, a small booking fee of $7 is applied to tickets with limited capacity and goes towards OHM’s administration costs.


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