Open House Melbourne 2012

I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne  “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”

It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.

I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.

Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.

Dulux dog. I want one!

Federation Square pavement

Federation Square

Lamp outside St Paul’s Cathedral

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Organ pipes at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Eagle podium at St Paul’s Cathedral

Candles St Paul’s Cathedral

Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Looks delicious

Block Arcade

Orchids in the Block Arcade

Myer Mural Hall set up for high tea

Old money chutes in Myer

View of construction site of the old Myer

My friend’s awesome shoes. Love the laces

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept model layout of the office space.

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept models

Lyons Office. Cool way to keep cords neat and organised. Looks like a spine.

Lyons Office. Sample swatches

More swatches. Love the colours and patterns

Lyons Office

Lobby of the Lyons Office building. Wall texture

Market Lane

Lunch break at Ito Cafe.

Spring Street

Steps of Parliament House

Outside Parliament House. Popular wedding photo shoot location

Bourke Street

The Hotel Windsor

Spring Street

Spider brooches in the Windsor Hotel

More spiders

Lighting in the lobby of the Windsor Hotel

Spring Street

Books inside the Old Treasury Building

Gold bars in the Old Treasury Building

Collins Place

Looking up at some random buildings

Colourful building

Stopping for frozen yoghurt at Cacao Green. Yes it was cold, but it was yum

Blueberry waffles at Cacao Green

Cool bookshelf and wood panelling at Cacao Green

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room ceiling

State Library of Victoria stairs

Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria

Swanston Street

Garden bed outside Hamer Hall

Flower sculpture outside Hamer Hall

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Project 365 2012 – Day 176

Green Eggs and Ham

I met up with a few friends from my old work for Sunday lunch at Chimmy’s in Richmond, which is a beautiful little bakery/cafe. I was going to order the breakfast stack, but they ran out, so I picked the next thing on the menu called green eggs and ham (Dr Seuss fans maybe?). It was scrambled eggs on delicious ham that just fell apart on sourdough toast and coriander pesto. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of coriander, but I’m not one of those people. It was delicious (and cheap at $15 for a massive serving) and I’m so glad that they ran out of my first choice. Also fun to catch up, so thanks for the great company girls!

Project 365 2012 – Day 70

Went out to lunch with a couple of friends today to Greenhouse by Joost that’s on for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at the moment. Food was quite good, dessert was great, decor was quirky and very green, ate with wooden cutlery, and we drank out of jars. Good lunch with good company.

Lunch

Southbank

We went to Southbank for lunch today at Greenhouse by Joost  that’s on for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at the moment. Food was quite good, dessert was great, decor was quirky and very green, ate with wooden cutlery, and we drank out of jars. The outside of the temporary construction is lined with heaps of pot plants, mostly herbs, but I did spot a few strawberries. After that we took a stroll along the Yarra and it just so happened to be Moomba.

Greenhouse by Joost

Potted plants. Looks pretty cool, but imagine it would be difficult to maintain!

I see tiny strawberries!

Table setting

Squid with melon and fennel

Chicken with quinoa. Never tried quinoa before but I quite like it, complete with a real knife to cut through the chicken. Wooden ones just aren't quite adequate.

Cheese platter with figs

Metal hypnotising bird sculpture. I'm sure that's not what it is, but that's what I think of when I see it.

The Yarra with the city as a backdrop

Weird band... I like the purple sax player =p

Guy at the lemonade stand. I love how he needs to use the giant stirring paddle to get the honey out of the tiny tub.