Open House Perth 2015: Our Top Picks

Published on November 4, 2015
Categories - Blog, Events, Read About

Open House Perth is an architecture event that is aimed at everyone! It is your chance to see the inside of some of Perth’s most interesting and iconic buildings.

Happening this weekend, 7-8 November, over 80 residential, commercial, civic religious, performance, and food and beverage destinations will be open to the public. There are special events for students, for children, and plenty for the rest of us too.

Highlights include:

Central Institute of Technology – The CUT Mine
Did you know that there is an open cut mine in Northbridge? It’s below Aberdeen Street. For reals! It is a pioneering learning resource and the only facility of its kind in WA.
Open Saturday 10am-4pm.

Open House Perth - CIT Cut Mine

Council House
Being one of Claire’s favourite buildings in Perth, Council House continuously gets on We Love Perth’s OHP top picks list. A prime example of Brutalist Architecture. Plus the tour into our council building is fascinating.
Open Sunday 10am-5pm.

Public Transport Centre
Claire’s very favourite building in Perth, and another wonderful instance of Brutalism in Perth. This is a really interesting tour!
Open Sunday 10am-5pm.

Public Transport Authority - photo by Claire Trolio

The Flour Factory
The Flour Factory, home of fine food and cocktails, is an inner city public house across three floors of a historic 100 year old flour mill in Queen Street in Perth’s central business district. The heritage of the old mill was preserved in the renovation.
Open Saturday 12-6pm.

Connections is the oldest continuously running LGBT nightclub in the southern hemisphere, and it has spectacular views of the city.
Open Sunday 10am-5pm.

Alex Hotel
We are big fans of this boutique hotel, found in the heart of Northbridge. Read a bit about it and swoon over some snaps over here, then take a tour yourself over the OHP weekend!
Open Saturday 12-4pm.


Exploding! Shed House
The Exploding! Shed House is an experiment in small footprint in-fill living for modern Perth. It is really inspiring to see the use of this small space to create a stunning home.
Open Sunday 10am-5pm.

Gresley Monk House
Architect Philip Gresley and Justine Monk designed this tight budget project as their family home – a box that suspends itself from the rear of an existing cottage. Incredible.
Open Sunday 10am-5pm.

Mount Lawley House
This oddly shaped, corner block is where you’ll find the home and office of Simone Robeson of Robeson Architects. It’s truly remarkable what has been achieved on this challenging site!
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.

Robeson House

Museum of Perth
This teensy museum space is found in a laneway in the CBD. It chronicles the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth.
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm.

Perth Concert Hall Underground Tunnel
The pedestrian underpass leading from Perth Concert Hall under St Georges Terrace to 16 St Georges Terrace was closed to the public in late 2007 when the northern end of the underpass was removed. Now’s your chance to find out what lies beneath.
Open Saturday 9am-1pm.

Check out the full program over on the Open House Perth website. Tag #weloveperth in your photos from the weekend and let us know where you’ve visited. We can’t wait to see!

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