More than buildings at Open House Bendigo

The Open House Bendigo Weekend takes place in just over a week on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October with a range of talks, walks, screenings and workshops aimed to encourage locals and out-of-towners to explore the diversity and design of the city’s built environment.

From innovative living spaces, to gold-rush heritage icons and state-of-the-art educational facilities, Open House Bendigo has something for everyone to explore and inspire curiosity. The Weekend will celebrate the vibrancy of local contemporary design, the rich history of boom-style architecture, and the remarkable social history of Bendigo. There are 18 buildings open on the Weekend where no bookings are required and you can just turn up to join a tour or view the building.

In between building tours, check out Saturday’s special events:

Good Design and Heritage (Open Talk)
La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View St, Bendigo 3550
Saturday 27 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public, but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined. Good design married with existing heritage can result in design effects that have profound impacts on cities and communities. Emma Telfer from Open House will be joined by leading heritage and architectural experts in a one-hour panel session looking at some great examples and principles behind good design and heritage. Speakers include Sophie Patitsas, Principal Adviser, Urban Design and Architecture – Office of Victorian Government Architect and Professor Stuart Macintyre AO – Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Modern Melbourne screenings (Open Film)
La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View St, Bendigo 3550
Saturday 27 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Modern Melbourne is a series of filmed interviews and rich archival material that document the extraordinary lives and careers of some of our most important architects and designers including Mary Featherston and Phyllis Murphy. As the designers move into the later stages of their careers, public appreciation of their early work is growing – and much of their mid-century modernist work and latter projects are now represented on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Small and Smart Living (Open Talk)
La Trobe Art Institute
121 View St, Bendigo 3550
Saturday 27 October, 4pm-5pm
Join RACV experts and builder of small footprint home, 5×4 Hayes Lane, Ralph Alphonso for a discussion about living small and smart in the city. Designed by Peter Maddison from Maddison Architects, the RACV Tiny Home is a concept dwelling that has been designed and built with the purpose of helping Victorians understand their homes and demonstrate the changing nature of how we live. Complete with all the mod-cons, the Tiny Home focuses on what contributes to making a home perform well, so it is comfortable to live in and affordable to run.

Signs of Australia – Slide Night (Open Event)
Trobe Art Institute, 121 View St, Bendigo 3550
Saturday 27 October, 6pm-7pm
The Gents tell stories in words, pictures and in person. They recently travelled over 40,000 kms in search of Australia’s classic signs and advertising for their book ‘Signs of Australia: Vintage Signs From the City to the Outback’. During their epic journeys, they discovered a uniquely Australian built environment and a distinct advertising vernacular. Join them as they relive their journey – with the photographic record of their travels as the visual backdrop to their travel yarns.

Bendigo Walking Tours (Open Walk)
Tours will leave from Conservatory Gardens, Pall Mall, Bendigo
Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 October, 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm each day
The Open Bendigo Walking Tour – a one-hour glimpse into the story of settlement, architecture and building ‘the Vienna of the bush’. Join these local guides for a deeper understanding of the city’s unique architecture, placemaking, settlement and social history.

Bendigo Library Retrospective (Open Exhibition)
251-259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo 3550
Bendigo Library will host a retrospective exhibition, including architectural plans, historical photos and redevelopment stages, of how our library building has changed in response to community need. A dedicated library building was opened on the current sight in 1984 and in 2014 the library launched a renewed design, by MGS Architects, with the aim of creating a 21st century library space.

Visit for the full program and event registration details.

About Open House Melbourne Open House Melbourne is an independent organisation that fosters public appreciation for architecture and public engagement in design in the built environment. We exist because we believe a more engaged public will result in better design outcomes for our buildings, our streets and our cities.