Have you heard the exciting* news?!
(*Well there’s plenty of people who are excited, and I hope you will be too!)
Open House Melbourne has joined forces with the City of Ballarat and Visit Ballarat to bring the first regional event here to Ballarat! Hurrah! Welcome to the inaugural Open House Ballarat! It really is like another gold-rush of creative goodness happening here right now.
As co-chair of the Ballarat Regional Architects Network (along with another local architect Mick Moloney), it has been great getting to know the fabulous team at Open House Melbourne in the lead up to this event. We are very proud that this is an opportunity to share our love for architecture and design and celebrate it with our community and visitors to our city.
My photo of the fabulous old-school paper program, printed by The Saturday Paper – love it!
There will be a range of buildings open (not just ‘houses’!) over the weekend of October 28th and 29th, plus a film screening plus kids activities and more which are FREE! Note that some open houses do require advance booking as places are strictly limited. See more at http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat/ballarat-buildings.
What are my top picks, I hear you ask?! We are spoilt for choice, but here’s a few that I haven’t been to yet! (And there’s a stack on the program that I love but have already visited.)
The two-halves house is a gorgeous example of contemporary residential architecture, and designed by my mates! The owners did an amazing job by owner-building (project-managing) this themselves, so kudos to the whole team!
For those who love heritage homes and a bit of grandeur from yesteryear, check out Bishops Palace as it is sure to impress! And those pitched gable-ends are so on-trend again right now ;o)
I’m keen to check out the chapel at ACU which was recently renovated by local architects – I love the use of timber, stone and the contemporary stained glass window with the interesting trussed roof. I’m always fascinated by spiritual buildings.
The brand new Ballarat Community Health building appears to have the most sustainable design features out of the Open Houses in Ballarat (which is what we love to see!) and it looks like a lovely, light-filled space that promotes wellness.
The Open House Ballarat weekend is also part of Ballarat’s Season of the Arts program, so there are lots of great reasons to enjoy our beautiful city at the moment! Hope to see you around town experiencing how great architecture can make a difference in our world!
All images sourced from www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat unless noted otherwise.
Have you ever been to an Open House event? Which Ballarat building would you love to see? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!
We aim to answer questions about sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, also with reference to our local climate (Regional Ballarat area and Melbourne) in future articles. Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our news so you won’t miss out on our posts!