Open House Melbourne Announces This Year’s Stellar Weekend Line-Up

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70 new buildings, plus a host of new residential additions join tours, talks, exhibitions and film screenings for one of the city’s biggest celebrations of architecture.

Old brick mansions. Vaults in St Kilda. An ornate dining hall for 1000 people dating to 1933. These spectacular spaces are just three of 220 you can visit as part of Open House Melbourne’s sprawling 2018 line-up.

Ever wondered what qualities warrant a building’s Five Green Star rating? The Stokehouse Precinct is swinging open its doors to the architecturally inclined and curious, giving you the chance to explore the design and construction features that make this building the first of its kind in Australia.

It’s one of 70 new buildings on this year’s program, which has also added 24 residential properties.

The residential program has expanded since last year, with a mix of modern, contemporary architecture – such as Northcote’s Doll’s House – and unique, heritage properties.

The Doll’s House is split across two levels, with no internal doors or walls – furniture and joinery is used to divide bedrooms from living spaces. It centres on the idea of adapting to the changing needs of a family over a lifespan. Owners Tai Snaith (artist) and Simon Knott (architect) will both present a talk as part of the tour.

“It’s not a surprise that [sustainability] becomes a feature of our programs –especially with new builds – because everybody is quite consciously working towards better building and more sustainable construction,” Victoria Bennett, business and program manager of Open House Melbourne tells Broadsheet.

The RACV Tiny Home, designed by architect Peter Maddison, is “set up as an example of cutting edge technology within building, sustainability and small footprint living,” she says.

Bennett says one building she is particularly “excited” about is the Australia 108. “[It’s] brand new – not even brand new – it’s still under construction,” she explains. “It will be the tallest skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere when its completed … you’ll actually be able to get up and see that while it’s still being constructed.”

There’s also a chance to check out the yet-to-be-fitted-out shell of Eureka Tower’s level 85. The entire floor features floor-to-ceiling windows with uninterrupted 360-degree views.

“We’re really excited to be working quite closely with Monash University this year and they’re actually opening 37 sites across all four campuses,” Bennett adds.

While there are 81 buildings to tour in the city centre, the program spans much further than the CBD. Buildings will be opening in Beaumaris, Narre Warren, Essendon, La Trobe, Ringwood and Frankston, as well as five buildings in the City of Greater Dandenong.

More than 50 events also feature as part of Open House’s month-long celebration of architecture, including The Australian Ugliness exhibition by artist Eugenia Lim. Comedian Tim Ross will give the annual heritage address lecture – focusing on modernism – at Federation Square on Tuesday July 17.

“We have a big program of exhibitions, talks, film screenings [and] ACMI is screening a number of architecture-related films,” Bennett says.

The majority of the program remains free, but some tours do require bookings to secure your spot. Pre-booked tours will be available on Friday July 13 at 8.30am. A second release will become available on Friday July 20 at 8.30am. Events can also be booked online.

Open House Melbourne Weekend 2018 will take place on July 28 and 29 in a variety of locations throughout inner and outer Melbourne. A complementary program of Open House events will run throughout the month of July. Full program and details here.

Prada releases a range of completely unnecessary yoga mats

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Go full Real Housewives of Melbourne with Prada’s latest (and utterly ridiculous) yoga mat collection.

The limited-edition range comes in three reissued hibiscus colours ­– cherry red, army green and bright blue – as well as the iconic banana print from the house’s spring 2011 collection.

Made in Italy, they’re the flawless accessory for finding your inner flow, and for making that downward dog position a little more tasteful.

If the early morning yoga sessions weren’t painful enough, how about a $600 sting to your hip pocket instead? Although that’s a small price to pay to keep up your Insta image. Right?

Attention creatives: Vans wants you to design its next pair of Slip-Ons

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No biggie.

Calling all creatives: Vans is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime.

Vans Custom Culture Asia is the brand’s annual design competition, giving creatives a chance to design their own pair of Slip-Ons (with a huge incentive for the winner).

Previously reserved for US residents only, the competition has extended across Australia and Asia for the second year running. The winner will receive $2,000 USD, become a Vans featured designer, and have their shoe sold Asia-wide in 2019.

All you have to do is design a pair of Slip-Ons that are creative, authentic and ‘off-the-wall’. Get to work by printing out this template and watch your design come to life.

Entries close June 30, so get drawing.

A Sleek, Contemporary Co-Working Space for South Melbourne

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Inside a beehive there’s a system of self-organisation among residents, but without its fellow bees, the individual is largely ineffective. Likewise the tenants at South Hive, a new co-working space in South Melbourne, operate individual businesses, but the co-operation of the collective helps them to grow.

“We wanted a place where people felt energised and happy and healthy, and ultimately productive,” says Jen Breadmore, South Hive’s co-founder.

The co-working space, which opened in March, is aimed at small-to-medium-sized businesses looking for a flexible office solution, without the commitment and costs of a long-term lease.

“They just want to be able to move in and grow in the space as their business grows,” Breadmore says.

Bees work together in an exquisite interlocking honeycomb structure they themselves build, and while the only hexagonal forms at South Hive are plant wall-mounts, the design is just as meticulous.

“We maximise natural light and we try to use as many raw timber elements as we [can], so people feel connected in some way to nature while they’re at work,” says Breadmore, who designed the space with her husband Alex.

Timber panelling, contemporary lighting and ergonomic – but stylish – office furniture contributes to a crisp yet welcoming environment over two floors. There are elements of the industrial (polished concrete floors, exposed fixtures) but this is far from a sterile corporate office. Natural light pours in, and there are indoor plants throughout the space.

“We made sure all of our windows [were] able to be opened [too], to allow fresh air in,” Breadmore says.

Black-and-white photos of palm trees, vintage cars and natural landscapes line the walls.

The minimalist space also provides all the essential office offerings including a boardroom, meeting room, private phone-call room, kitchens on both levels (with barista-style coffee machines) and shower facilities. Jen and Alex also enjoy the benefits of the dog-friendly office with their pup Bentley, a five-year-old labrador that joins them twice a week.

“We realise we don’t provide all the fluff in terms of yoga at lunchtime, spin classes or extras … we really wanted to make sure that we were a more affordable offering to larger groups,” Breadmore says.

South Hive has taken up residence in a renovated two-storey warehouse, steps from South Melbourne Market.

“We’re so close to everything here, public transport and the market, and cafes,” Breadmore says. “We want people to feel connected to the area and to each other.”

The co-working space also grants 24/7 keypass access to its members, Breadmore says.

“So people can come and go as they like and really make the building feel like their own.”

South Hive
133 Market Street, South Melbourne
0402 028 614

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Le Creuset has dropped a nature-inspired cookware range

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Nature’s Kitchen.

Le Creuset is bringing the outdoors in with the introduction of two new hues to its range – Kale and Deep Teal.

The new colourways take cue from characteristics of the land and sea. Kale (the vegetable that keeps on giving) brings a contemporary vibe to the kitchen. Deep Teal is inspired by tropical foliage and the allure of the sea.

The range forms part of the new Nature’s Kitchen collection, which includes round casserole dishes, ramekins and cast-iron skillets.

You can shop the collection in-store and online now.

Studio Local Night Market

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A festive night filled with cocktails, chocolate and handmade local goods.
Northcote stylists and event coordinators Studio Local – run by locals Sarah Cooper and Stephanie Stamatis – will hold its first annual Night Market at its 1930s warehouse, Studio Local.

The event will showcase a collection of gourmet treats by local Melbourne makers as well as work from designers including Collingwood’s contemporary artist and jeweller Ada Hodgson and designer Anna Varendorff.

Broadsheet will be selling its new Broadsheet Melbourne Food and Broadsheet Sydney Food books – guides to more than 100 of the city’s best retailers and producers. Not just a shopping guide, the books are a vital resource for home cooks and entertainers, and a necessity for the silly season. Copies of the Broadsheet Cookbook will also be on sale, helping you make the most of your favourite new suppliers found in Broadsheet Food.

Get into the Christmas spirit with festive cocktails supplied by The Everleigh Melbourne. Browse through Christmas goodies from Baker D. Chirico, Fig and Salt and Mörk Chocolate.

Hattie Malloy will adorn the industrial space with plants and her Ikebana-inspired flower arrangements. Sophie Harle and Ella Bendrups are selling ceramics, including vases, cups and saucers, and local artist Astrid Muller will showcase her colourful drawings and prints.

Sydney’s Supply Paper Co. will be there too, selling their beautifully designed stationery, otherwise only available online.

Henson and MLD will also be selling handcrafted jewellery.