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Perspective rendering of architectural design of an apartment renovation at 99 Spring Street by Lovell Burton.
Palette of recycled red bricks on a building site in Carlton.


Lovell Burton


In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduates Network and Open House Melbourne, EmAGN THIS! is a program that welcomes the public onto construction sites of selected architectural projects that are currently being built.

Through guided site visits with the architects, builders and clients the event seeks to provide a platform for discourse on the complexities within the design and building industry while shedding light on how a project has adapted and evolved over time. What were the narratives uncovered through the construction process? Were there any unexpected and welcoming surprises?

At 99 Spring St, Lovell Burton are currently tackling a renovation to a much loved and revered modernist CBD residential tower. Known for their careful approach to materials, tectonics and context, the extensive results in a joyful reframing of its shell. The apartment sits on the edge of the city grid, with its outlook spanning across the leafy greens of the eastern suburbs to the density and grit of the city. This view is the protagonist of the design response.

The existing partition walls give way to a series of hefty anchors that open the apartment up to a series of curated views and a moving cinematic experience. The interior palette is reductive, textural, and warm, reflecting the era and rich history of the original building. You're invited inside, to explore the project halfway through its' completion.

What's On

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduates Network and Open House Melbourne, EmAGN THIS! will present the unique opportunity to explore selected architectural projects currently under construction. Through guided site visits, architects, builders, and clients will share insights into the complexities of the architectural process, with a focus upon how collaboration allows projects to evolve and adapt over time.

This event aspires to provide a unique opportunity for Open House Melbourne participants to experience architecture before it is fully realised and gain a deeper understanding of how collaboration is essential to the process of building architecture. It is intended that participants will gain a greater understanding of the intricacies within the construction process, and provide an educational opportunity for emerging architects, graduates, students and, of course, enthusiasts of architecture to, quite literally, step onto site.

Children's Activities


(1) 99 Spring Street. (2) Carlton Cottage. All photos: Lovell Burton

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Tours run 12.30pm + 1pm
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 20
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at Spring Street Entry/Foyer.


All Ages


99 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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