From the old to the new, gothic to modernist, subterranean to sublime, the Brisbane Open House program lures urban explorers and inquisitive minds to locations around the city.
For one short weekend in October some of Brisbane’s architectural wonders will be showcased.
This year visitors will be able to explore and tour almost 100 places and spaces around greater Brisbane, including 30 buildings participating in the free event for the first time.
The event includes access to a vast array of historic and contemporary buildings and is offered to visitors who will relish the chance to unlock some of Brisbane’s most intriguing places.
Free talks by the city’s architects will be held, as well as opportunities to tour marvels of design, including Archerfield Airport, the Brisbane General Post Office (GPO), UQ Oral Health building, Queensland Emergency Operations Centre, Brisbane City Council’s Spring Hill Service Reservoirs, Roma Street Station Heritage Building, Fernberg (Government House) and Hobbs Park.
Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton says the event allows people to explore the city’s unique built environment, discover its abundant history and uncover well-kept secrets.
“Brisbane Open House tells Brisbane’s story – from our rich history, to how we live, work and play, to the future design and development of the city – by giving people the opportunity to discover some of Brisbane’s most loved and admired buildings, infrastructure and urban landscapes,” Mr Middleton says.
Ben Lyons, President of the Brisbane Development Association, says this year’s program offers an extraordinary line-up, with something for everyone.
“We have a fascinating selection of influential presenters discussing insightful topics at our Speaker Series, which now runs for five weeks,” Mr Lyons says.
“Our Made in Brisbane program offers backstage passes to meet the makers, explore their studios and workshops and understand their creative processes, while our Children’s Program will keep the kids entertained with fascinating free workshops and activities across the weekend.”
Also on offer in 2015 is the ever-popular photo competition, guided walking tours of precincts and free concerts presented by Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks Initiative and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Brisbane Open House visitors will learn more about the participating buildings thanks to some of the city’s most respected architects holding special guided tours.
Brisbane Open House will run over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 of October 2015.
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