Open House Melbourne is back for their 10th anniversary and on 29 and 30 July, Open House Melbourne Weekend takes place during which, our inner stickybeak gets to explore some of the most exciting architecture across Melbourne.
One of the locations on the program? You guessed it – Fed Square. We have crafted some very special tours for the weekend extravaganza where you will get an inside look at what makes this site a city landmark.
Here are some fun facts about Fed Square you may not know about:
- Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart formed a partnership to design Fed Square and in 1998 construction commenced.
- We are a carbon neutral city precinct.
- Beneath the Square lies a concrete labyrinth; a 1.4km passive cooling system, designed to cool The Atrium, Deakin Edge and some public areas during summer and to supplement heating during winter.
- We have 10 beehives on the roof of the Alfred Deakin Building. The honey produced here is not only sold in retailers across the city, but is used in the restaurants and cafes on site.
- The design aims to replicate the pathways of the surrounding laneways.
- Over the last two hundred years the site had been home to the city morgue, a fish market, corporate offices and rail yards.
Tours will run at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on the Saturday and 2pm and 4pm on the Sunday with 12 people per tour for approximately 90 minutes. NB: Tours currently booked out, see the rest of the Open House Program for alternate tours.