• Open House Bendigo

Overview

We are thrilled to announce Open House Bendigo will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019.

Bendigo’s impressive architecture is set to open its doors for public viewing. 

The diverse program, boasting 27 buildings – plus walking tours, film screenings and a program of talks – will for the first time extend beyond central Bendigo to include Eaglehawk and a satellite program in Castlemaine, all taking place across 26 and 27 October.

The Open House Bendigo Weekend provides a public platform for celebrating quality and purposeful design in the Bendigo region, shining a light on spaces of architectural excellence, be it significant heritage sites or contemporary design. The program aims to create a sense of civic pride in the changing urban environment of Bendigo - with access to multiple historic sites and a number of modern buildings - catering for heritage and contemporary design lovers alike.

The full program is now available to view online at and a printed program will be available as a lift-out in the Bendigo Advertiser on Saturday 12 October. The program features a diverse range of design led activations, including the Bendigo Hospital Landscape Tour (pictured above), the Joss House Temple Archaeologist Tour, and the Celebrating Vahland Walking Tour – discussing Bendigo’s greatest architect and his work, from hotels to churches and mansions. Click here to view the full program online or download the PDF.  

Here are three highlights of the program: 

Kooroork House II
With a sustainable focus and a restricted budget, Koorork House II – created by e+ architecture - exemplifies the architect’s desire to create imaginative containers for living. A concept based on ‘making camp’ drove the conceptual design. The central space where the family comes together around the fire is flanked by four rooms of flexible proportions allowing for a series of different uses. At only 160 square metres, Kooroork House II highlights how family homes on a budget are possible without compromising on sustainable and design aspirations.

Beehive Building, Bendigo Mining Exchange
Open House visitors will be the first to see the beautifully restored 1872 Beehive Building (pictured right) at the Bendigo Mining Exchange, which has been returned to its former glory after extensive works by Williams Boag Architects. Similar in style to Melbourne’s Royal Arcade and by the same designer, Charles Webb, the building’s original uses include a hotel, a mining exchange, a restaurant, offices and function space. 

The current development uncovers the rich layers of use by removing most of, if not all of the 1920s’ and 1950s’ changes, revealing key features of the original building. Visitors had access to the ground level construction site during the 2019 Open House Bendigo program, and this year visitors will
access the newly completed arcade including the second story, revealing the intricate beauty of the glass ceiling not seen for decades.

Eaglehawk Heritage Precinct
Discover one of Victoria’s unsung gold-producing centres during Open House Bendigo 2019. Bearing the marks of notable architects – Henry Edmeades Tolhurst 1864, H. A. Williams and Peter Kerr 1869 – Eaglehawk’s significant heritage buildings (pictured below) will be open together
for one day only, an opportunity not to miss. Sites include the Mechanics Institute, former Eaglehawk Town Hall (now operating as boutique Star Cinema), and the Eaglehawk
Courthouse together with its original Log Lock-up.

Start planning and book your stay at Bendigo now. 
 

Various locations in Bendigo
October 26 - 27, 2019