Hobsons Bay has a bevy of buildings that showcase the historical and architectural significance of places in Melbourne’s west, some of which will be on show throughout the last weekend in July as part of Open House Melbourne 2018.
Now in its tenth year, Open House Melbourne has facilitated more than 900,000 visits to 934 sites across Melbourne, enabling 229,660 people to explore the great architecture, building design and heritage of their city.
Open House has contributed more than $20 million to the Melbourne economy and has been supported by more than 5,226 volunteers who have donated over 26,130 hours of their time.
The Spotswood Pumping Station is one of the local buildings that will feature as part of the event. It was built in the 1890s for the Melbourne Sewerage Scheme and played a vital role in helping to overcome the city’s early public health and sanitation problems.
Brooklyn-based factory Modscape will also open its doors and offer a tour that showcases various elements of design, innovation and sustainability as part of the modular buildings that are built within their factory.
The work of world-renowned architect Glenn Murcutt will be on show at the Australian Islamic Centre in Newport, where phase one of the three-phase project will give visitors a look at the comprehensive complex of worship, educational and recreational facilities.
Newport will also feature The Substation, one of the oldest and largest substations in the metropolitan system. A lot of the original equipment has been removed or vandalised, but the building is still demonstrative of early 20th century power generating practices.
The Hobsons Bay buildings will welcome tens of thousands of visitors throughout the last weekend in July, to celebrate the lifestyle and emerging modern architecture that make many places in Melbourne’s west culturally significant.
For more information on the festival, including local event details and the full program of events, visit the Open House Melbourne website. You can also follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.