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Open House Melbourne 2012

Hot off the press: I covered this year's OHM for Indesignlive. Read it here. I took a few snaps on my own camera while en route, before it rather inconveniently went flat.

Highlights included Lend Lease's new Forte building, which will be built out of timber in a first for Australia.

Next up, I headed to Hamer Hall to see what all the fuss was about. Totally justified. ARM has done a sensational job with its renovation and it's certainly worth meandering through each space to admire its handiwork. It's harmonious, delicate and also respects what has come before.

Fitzroy followed. I wanted to see some residential projects, and see how architects are designing around existing spaces in inner city areas.

Welcome to 32 Kerr Street Apartments. This is a smart residential building that uses the arcade beneath the apartments as a thoroughfare for residents. The garages lining each side of the arcade can also be transformed into office spaces. Not only does this create a multi function, but in doing so creates more opportunities for interacting with neighbours.

I also liked the building's grill facade.

Finallly, I wandered up the road to the Hive Grafitti apartments. Designed by Zvi Belling and his neighbour, Prowla, the buidling highlights how a lot can be achieved on a small building footprint. The most exciting aspect was the building's facade, designed by Prowla with hip-hop typography adding an urban, edgy feel.

The nearby grafitti's pretty cool too.