The diversity of Brisbane’s architecture will be showcased during the seventh annual Brisbane Open House weekend in October.
All types of locations — old and new, big and small, residential and grand, rarely opened buildings and off-limit sites — will be open for exploration as part of the Open House weekend.
You’ll have the opportunity to tour 100 places and spaces around greater Brisbane, including 28 buildings that are participating in the free event for the first time.
Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes and explore spaces like 480 Queen Street, The Capital, Queensland Art Gallery, Whitty Building, Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct, Roundhouse Theatre, and the Mayne Medical School Building.
Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton OAM says the event, which is held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day, will allow people to explore the city’s unique built environment and uncover its secrets.
“Showcasing Brisbane’s most loved and admired buildings, infrastructure and urban landscapes is a great way to tell Brisbane’s story — from our rich history, to how we live, work and play, and even the design and development of the city’s future,” Mr Middleton says.
Stewart Armstrong, General Manager Heritage and Advocacy from the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), says this year’s program has something for everyone.
“Brisbane Open House offers a diverse program that will appeal to everyone,” Mr Armstrong says.
“Our Speaker Series, running for five weeks, offers a fascinating selection of engaging presenters discussing insightful topics. To meet the makers, explore their studios and workshops and understand their creative processes, there’s our Made in Brisbane program.
“Even the kids will have a great time immersing themselves in our captivating free workshops and activities across the weekend as part of our Children’s Program.”
The ever-popular photo competition will return in 2016, along with guided walking tours of precincts and free concerts presented by QPAC and Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks initiative.
Event organisers have put the call out for help with the guided tours — last year, almost 500 locals donated their time to show visitors around the participating buildings.
For more information about this year’s program, or to volunteer, visit brisbaneopenhouse.com.au.