Open Sesame!

Design / Life

Catch a peek behind the (usually locked up) doors of Perth’s best places and spaces, as Open House Perth gears up for 2018.






Back for its sixth consecutive year, November 10 and 11 will see 102 destinations (including 55 brand spanking newbies) throw their doors open wide and welcome in Perth locals and visitors.

Snoop Perth’s best architecture and interiors – from rooftops to heritage wonders, residential masterpieces and sleek skyscrapers – and best of all you’re getting the keys to the city and surrounds, all for free!


“This year more than half of the 102 destinations are brand new, first time inclusions in the Open House Perth program,” says the event’s new director Grant Capriotti, of Muse Bureau. “That’s the highest amount of first-time destinations Open House Perth has seen since the first event in 2012.”


Other new additions include Claremont by Mirvac,Dollhouse 2.0 by JC Design Studio in association with Laura Chruscinski, Optus Stadium, Cloister House by MORQ Architects and more.


“This year the residential destinations are particularly strong – some are truly breathtaking,” Grant says. “In addition to this there are a couple of great examples of low-cost design, projects with sustainable design and lots of State Heritage Listed locations.


“Some epic new corporate builds in there too, such as QT Perth Hotel and the destinations inside Brookfield Tower Two.”



The Open House Perth team are expecting over 50,000 people to accept the call and pound the pavement for a weekend of special programming.

Visitors can explore destinations at their own leisure with self-guided tours, join tours by expert guides or enter a ballot for the chance to get inside super-exclusive, limited entry locations.


In addition, there’s a line of special one-off Open House Perth events.

“One of the most exciting special events is the Artist and Interior Design collaborations happening the inside eight of the apartments at the brand new Claremont by Mirvac destination,” Grant says. “Artists such as Jarrad Seng, Elle Campbell and Matt Hayes have been paired with some of Perth’s best furniture retailers such as Ultimo Interiors, Mobilia and Öopenspace to create amazing fully-furnished pads that visitors can vote on their favourite to win prizes.”


Other one-off highlights include: Skater’s Eye Tour 2.0, exploring the city’s best skating spots with a special movie screening at the Perth Cultural Centre Screen; The Historic Hearts Art Tours; Architecture firm Woods Bagot showcasing artwork and design projects from emerging artists and designers in one Perth’s oldest buildings the Palace Hotel; Workshops and talks from established local architects at locations such as Chicho Gelato, Hadiqa at Hibernian Place; and Activities for children at The Akidamy School of Early Learning and the West Australian Ballet Centre.


Open House Perth, a not-for-profit organisation, gained critical support from the City of Perth and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to ensure this year’s event could take place.

“Open House Perth is a great initiative because it fosters a greater understanding of good design practice which will, over time, affect the aesthetic and usability of our city,” says Grant. “It’s also a 100% free, enjoyable way to experience and learn about architecture and the built environment at your own pace in your own city.”


The Open House initiative began in London in 1992 as a small non-for-profit organisation founded by architects hoping to foster a greater understanding of architecture and promote the value of good design.


“The support of Perth folk means Open House Perth maintains its well-earned place within a global network,” Grant says. “Perth should be feel very proud, our Open House sister cities include London, New York, Dublin, Jerusalem, Oslo, Chicago, Rome, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Athens, Prague, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Stockholm, Atlanta and Mexico City to name a few.”


Perth joined the Open House family in 2012, and since its inception Open House Perth has welcomed over 300,000 visitors to hundreds of Perth’s best destinations.

“It’s for design lovers of any age – whether you’re looking for design inspiration for your next renovation project, killer views, places with stories to tell, or just a good old fashioned sticky beak – it’s the one weekend of the year where the doors of places not ordinarily accessible to the public are unlocked,” Grant says. “There’s no doubt that the people of Perth have a hunger for good design, a passion for great architecture and a burning desire to experience this unique event.”


Open House Perth, November 10 – 11, visit for the full (and completely free) 2018 program.