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In addition, Open House Perth’s Love Your
City program will be hosting a number of walking
tours, taking in fashion and architecture, public
art and laneways, to help people discover more
about their own city.
“One of the things that’s so exciting about the
event is that it makes people feel like tourists in
their home town,” says Carly. “ We love that. There
are few things better than discovering amazing
places in your own backyard.”
Public feedback from the previous t wo
years has guided this year’s program, with Perth
locals able to nominate projects and places they
would like to see.
The heart of Open House Perth will always
be Perth’s CBD, but the expansion of the event
this year has catered to a more diverse selection
of destinations. People can expect to see many of
their favourites from the past two years (such as
BHP Billiton – Brookfield Place, Central Park, QV1
and Gordon Stephenson House), but they can now
gain unprecedented access to some of Perth’s most
innovative small homes, too.
The average new home in WA is about 245sqm,
among the largest in the world, but the homes
Open House Perth is showcasing buck this trend
and illustrate how smart planning and design doesn’t
mean compromising on comfort, functionality and
aesthetics just because a home is small.
Carly says Open House Perth is all about
having fun and being inspired. “ Sometimes it’s easy
to forget how lucky we are to have such a beautiful
and vibrant city that is only getting better,” she
says. “ The city is also getting smarter, celebrating
historical precincts whilst encouraging new
developments within them.
“ The Open House Perth team is pretty much in
a constant state of excitement about local design
and our city, and we are really thrilled to share that
with the people of Perth.”
Open House Perth takes place on the weekend
of November 1 and 2, and the biggest dilemma
will be choosing which destinations to visit. Carly
encourages people to wear comfortable shoes and
use public transport where possible, particularly
taking advantage of the city’s CAT service. The
event’s printed program and website will let people
know which bus/train routes are closest.
This year there will also be a membership
program, which will offer financial assistance to
Open House Perth but, most importantly, it will
give people who support the event recognition for
their involvement, and a jump-the-queue pass to
Open House Perth, various locations,
November 1-2 . Visit openhouseperth.net to
download the program of events.
In May 1907, SB Alexander, one of the most prominent builders in Perth, was awarded the contract to
build a cafe in Hay Street, not far from its junction with Barrack Street. Named Moana Cafe, and built
at a cost of £1875, the building was acknowledged in 1912 to be ‘the finest building of its kind in the
Commonwealth’, from an architectural point of view.
In 2012, this ‘fine building’, long abandoned, was given a new lease on life by architects Beth George
and Nic Brunsdon of Post- Architecture, as part of the City of Perth’s Upper Floor Activation project.
“ What was a grand old ballroom is now reimagined as a co-working space, gallery and cafe,” says Nic.
“ It’s a great blend of public and private use. First-floor spaces are normally closed off from the public
realm, so we deliberately placed the gallery and cafe on the first floor, giving visitors a unique perspective
of the city from the balcony.”
During Open House Perth 2012, Moana Chambers was first open to the public as an incomplete
project. In 2013, the project had only just been completed so was still finding its feet. This year, visitors will
find a successful and expanded space that is home to a variety of creative and complementary businesses
on the first floor, and artist studios on the second floor.
“ T he cafe has grown, the whole space has evolved, and for the first time we will have the second-floor
artist studios open,” says Nic. “ T his will provide a really nice connection bet ween the gallery and some of
Perth’s most exciting emerging artists in their working studios.
“ Open House is a fantastic event which raises awareness about the hidden life and stories of the city
and generates more self-pride in our city. This then ties in with the retention and/or return of great creative
people. The more we mature as a city and have these great stories, people, buildings and spaces to show
off, the better it is for ever yone. It becomes a city that’s lovely to return to and hard to leave.”
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