(1) City street view looking toward building with concrete and glazing facade at ground level, and red and white perforated metal arranged in geometric pattern at levels above.
(2) Walkway looking down pedestrian pathway with seating and greenery at the left, with a row of bold triangular concrete columns behind marking the entrance to a tall glazed building.
(3) City street view of refurbished traditional white building with green awning, and people in motion in the foreground.
(4) Variety of buildings expressing angular and geometric colourful forms, with landscaped outdoor area in the foreground.
(5) Large impressive library building with colonnade detailing at entrance and wide series of steps leading up to entrance with people moving past in motion.

Design Excellence in the City

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Explore a selection of projects that exemplify design excellence in the City of Melbourne, as chosen by some of Melbourne’s most esteemed design professionals.  

This tour features both public and private projects that contribute to Melbourne’s unique character and urban culture. Selected by members of the Melbourne Design Review Panel (MDRP), the tour encompasses heritage preservation, contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and fine-grain street activation.

The City of Melbourne’s Design Excellence Program demonstrates commitment to high quality design in our built environment. The program focuses on design leadership and innovative processes to support high quality design to consistently improve built environment outcomes within the City of Melbourne. The Melbourne Design Review Panel (MDRP) is an expert group who provide independent design advice on significant projects within the City of Melbourne. T​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​he panel is made up of experts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

What's On

This self-guided walking tour explores a cross-section of City of Melbourne public realm projects and recently-built private developments that contribute to Melbourne’s global reputation as a design city, as selected by the Melbourne Design Review Panel.

Self-guided maps will be available to collect from the Open House Melbourne Info Hub or available for download.

Children's Activities

Suited to older children

Images: (1) narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services. Designed by Six Degrees Architecture. Photo: Spilt Milk. (2) Market Street Park. Designed by Oculus. Photo: Peter Bennetts (3) Morris House. Designed by Red Design Group. Photo: David Hannah. (4) New Academic Street. Designed by Lyons Architecture. Photo: Peter Bennetts. (5) State Library Victoria. Photo: David Hannah

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Available to collect from the Open House Melbourne Info Hub located outside the Melbourne Town Hall.

No bookings required


Partially wheelchair accessible

There will be some areas of incline and uneven ground.


Collect from Open House Melbourne Info Hub outside Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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