Melbourne Open House - Australian Travel Photography & Writing

| On Sunday 19th July, the city of Melbourne opened it’s doors to the public. As part of the State of Design Festival, interior access to 32 of Melbourne’s buildings were available. Thousands of people took part in viewings and there were plenty of photographers around. Information on the buildings below was sourced from the Melbourne Open House website

101 Collins St

101 Collins St was built in 1986-1990. The 57-storey office building was designed by Denton Corker Marshall. The foyer was separately designed by New York firm Johnson Burgee, who added the granite Tuscan Doric columns at street entry and the extravagant and opulent Tuscanesque foyer within.

101 Collins Street appears to be based on the New York skyscraper model – a tower that steps inward up its height and terminates in a pinnacle. In fact, the tower is essentially a square-planed stone-clad shaft with projections and recesses. The foyer’s oversize classical columns and acres of marble and gold leaf make 101 Collins Street, in the words of one commentator, Melbourne’s major monument to 1980s extravagance.


Melbourne Town Hall

Built in 1867-70, Melbourne Town Hall is an amazingly picturesque urban composition, which rekindles the glory of Victoria’s Gold Boom. The exterior facades are made from Tasmanian freestone and the clock tower houses clocks donated by the son of Melbourne’s first mayor. The Town Hall is the primary local government civic building for Victoria’s capital city with a grand French Renaissance style tower.

Melbourne Town Hall was the prototype for numerous suburban town halls that were built in the late 1870s and 1880s. The Administration Building has impressive functional and stylistic relationship to the Town Hall, resulting in a coherent civic centre. Renovations have preserved its original grandeur and unique period features such as the impressive wood-panelled Council Chamber.

From the mid-1880s to the late 1890s, the Town Hall was the venue for several important meetings on the question of Federation. These meetings marked significant advances in the progress of the Federation movement.


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  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdalmost 5 years ago

    Very cool Jared

  • thanks David.

    – Jared Revell

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    Simply stunning, Jared. Awesome work by you! (you were very lucky to be able to take these at the open house).

  • thanks Sonia ~ yes, it was a great opportunity to photograph the interior of these buildings.
    Would have liked to go to some others, but there were 4+hr waiting times in some of the queues.

    – Jared Revell

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing work here Jared!! Awesome work with lighting and architectural designs…classy is the word that comes to mine here!!

  • Hi Blair, thanks mate
    It was a good challenge, not having a tripod

    – Jared Revell

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmistalmost 5 years ago

    Aren’t you a clever little biddy.
    I did the walk last Sunday, and had a ball with all those Free entries..
    And those blue flags helped me a lot, as well.
    I’m gonna do it again next Mon. Aug.3.

  • the flags did help, hey ?
    it was hard with so many people, but good to see so many out enjoying the buildings.

    – Jared Revell

  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romeralmost 5 years ago

    wow these are great. Pity i couldnt go. I hope it is on again.

  • thanks Lois.
    This was the 2nd year, I’m sure it will be on again next year with the success of it and a three fold in buildings open from the first.

    – Jared Revell

  • Roslyn Slater
    Roslyn Slateralmost 5 years ago

    Make a great collection Jared. Some top shots!

  • thanks Roslyn :-)

    – Jared Revell

  • Len Bomba
    Len Bombaalmost 5 years ago

    What an awesome collection of works! Great job Jared. I really enjoy how you present your images as well. It is always a pleasure to view your work. Len

  • Hi Len,
    thank you, I always appreciate your encouraging comments.

    – Jared Revell

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work Jazz :)

  • thanks mate :-)

    – Jared Revell

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyalmost 5 years ago

    so…were you following us, or were we following you?
    Nice work on the story and photos JR.

  • I think you were following us ;-)
    thanks LK

    – Jared Revell

  • Neil
    Neilalmost 5 years ago

    Great work Jared!

  • thanks Neil :-)

    – Jared Revell

  • PS – waiting to see yours…I’ve got a long night remember

    – Jared Revell

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