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Top Canberra homes opened for design festival

Some of the top homes in Canberra are opening their doors as part of an ongoing festival that is intended to showcase the city's architecture. 

Homeowners in the city are set to welcome visitors as part of Design Canberra, which will take place each Sunday during the four-week festival, Domain reports. 

Four properties in the inner north were showcased on October 30th and will be opened again on November 13th. Several inner south houses will open on November 6th and 20th. 

Each home will be opened for 90 minutes, with the schedule available on the event's webpage. 

A wide range of architectural styles will be showcased in both districts that are represented. 

Rachael Coghlan, artistic director of Design Canberra, told Domain that architecture has always been one of the most popular aspects of the festival. 

As such, this Living Rooms series is intended to celebrate the coming together of architecture, craft and interior design - all represented by lived-in spaces. 

The living room of each home will feature a pop-up exhibition, where the creations of emerging artists will be showcased and sold - and architects will be on hand to speak to visitors. 

"I think this is very much going to appeal to a broad cross section of Canberra," Ms Coghlan remarked.

"Not only people who love architecture, but those who love the quality of design in their own backyard." 

A 1930s property in Braddon was opened by Lee and Bente Phillips on October 30th - and the California-style bungalow has been extended and renovated by Arquitectura principal Pedro Geleris.

"This project is a good example of how a contemporary structure can sit comfortably next to an older building without detracting from the latter's heritage character," Mr Geleris said. 

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