Get ready for Open House Perth 2015!

ohp-1-13ohp-1ohp-1-2ohp-statetheatre-1-3ohp-pre-2014-8ohp-pre-2014-9ohp-pre-2014-1This coming weekend sees Open House once again invite you inside, around and on top of more than 80 locations around our green and growing city. Running over Saturday and Sunday, explore the heights of the Central Park Tower rooftop, the unmistakable baroque excess of His Majesty’s Theatre, or even look inside some of Perth’s newest spaces such as the Cathedral Square and the Perth City Link.

An exciting change to the Open House program is the addition of a number of food and drink venues, such as Bar Lafayette and The Flour Factory, some of whom will be doing something a little special for the event such as tastings or exclusive menus. Personally, we can never go past a visit to the architect-designed homes dotted around the city. A quick glance at this year’s selection and I’m already certain that I’m going to end up inspired to makeover our own home yet again.

Take a look at the Open House Perth program over here to plan your weekend’s itinerary!

Open House Perth 2015 / Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November

Sussex St – Open House Perth

ohp-sussex-st-4 ohp-sussex-st-3ohp-sussex-st-10ohp-sussex-st-5 ohp-sussex-st-8 ohp-sussex-st-6 ohp-sussex-st-7 ohp-sussex-st-2 ohp-sussex-st-9 ohp-sussex-st-1The first destination we visited for Open House Perth was this amazingly well designed house by Mountford Architects. Located in a semi-industrial area of Maylands, this home maximises its space by utilising a simple, elegant design which allows cross ventilation and easy access to the garden. The widespread use of louvred windows allows light and breeze to permeate the house (and also form cool-looking rainbow reflections on the walls!). There is a single pitched roof over the home which causes hot air to rise to the top of the house, where it is vented through an open window, thereby cooling the house. In addition the house enhances its environmental credentials with solar panels and a grey water system for the garden (definitely something to think about for our place!).

The design of the garden worked in cohesion with the design of the house – a testament to the teamwork of the landscape gardener and architect. We both really liked the clean lines and the considered nature of this house, and the way that the productive garden was located so close. There were lots of good ideas to take away from this one!

Sussex St by Mountford Architects

Perth City opens its doors

ohp-1-18 ohp-1 ohp-1-19 ohp-1-20 ohp-1-22ohp-1-2 ohp-1-4 ohp-1-5 ohp-1-6 ohp-1-8 ohp-1-10 ohp-1-11 ohp-1-12 ohp-1-13 ohp-1-15We were like two kids in a candy shop, gleefully and excitedly buzzing around our great city during the two days over which Open House Perth was held. Over 70 places opened their doors and welcomed in the general public, allowing us access to magnificent vistas of the city, into the workspaces of local creatives, and into a number of architecturally-designed private residences. Venues ranged from brand-spanking new to heritage-listed, and all were interesting and inspiring in their own ways. We also learnt a fair bit about Perth’s history just by touring certain places such as the 108 St Georges Terrace (previously Bankwest Tower), Council House and Moana Chambers (a ballroom back in its heyday!).

We got 16 places ticked off our hit-list and, though there’ll be plenty more blog posts to come showcasing the great hidden and not-so-hidden spaces around Perth, here is our highlight reel.

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Lake House
Council House
Casa 31_4 Room House
View upwards on St Georges Terrace
Moana Chambers/Moana Coffee
108 St Georges Terrace 
Paddington St
Sussex St
Another corner of Paddington St
Dapper Jack/Studio Bomba/On A Whim
108 St Georges Terrace lobby and view from 50th floor
Geyer Studios (Atlas Building)
State Theatre Centre
Gotham Studios

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