On Saturday 5 November 2016, Gold Coast city will host the second Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and inviting Gold Coasters to take behind-the-scenes tours of places not typically available for public access.
The free event has been made possible by founding partners, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), Australian Institute of Architects and City of Gold Coast. The buildings open to the public on the day will appeal to people with an interest in architecture and sustainable design, as well as the inquisitive and creatively inclined.
More than 30 Gold Coast properties from Coomera to Currumbin are already listed for Gold Coast Open House 2016.
From heritage buildings to schools and university spaces, places of worship, private residences, television and radio studios, hospitals and some of the Gold Coast’s most architecturally inspiring landmark buildings and workplaces, Gold Coast Open House allows the community to engage with fascinating places they may have heard about or only seen from the street.
Last year Gold Coast Open House became part of a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events, the first of which was held in London in 1992. The concept has spread to more than 30 cities around the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and countries including Spain, USA, Finland, Italy and Greece.
The highly successful Brisbane Open House, which began in 2010, now welcomes over 12,000 visitors each year over two days in October.
Co-chair of Gold Coast Open House 2016 and the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, says this year’s list of buildings is multi-faceted and impressive.
“We were overwhelmed by the positive response received for the first event in 2015 and expect Gold Coasters to get behind Open House again with the same interest and enthusiasm shown last year.
“The Open House concept has really appealed to the Gold Coast’s architectural community and we have received many enquiries from architects keen to be involved in this year’s event.
“The buildings on display this year create a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects,” said Greg.
Guided and self-guided tours will be available for Gold Coast Open House, with some buildings requiring preregistration. Registrations for guided tours for Gold Coast Open House will open in mid-September when the full list of buildings is announced.
Gold Coast Open House is calling for volunteers to assist in the facilitation of visits by the general public to the 30+ buildings across the City.
Participating as a volunteer at Gold Coast Open House provides the opportunity to show pride in the City of Gold Coast, its architecture and design, and gain valuable experience working at a major Gold Coast event.
Volunteer greeters and hosts are required, as well as volunteer photographers to help boost the Gold Coast Open House image library for future events.To volunteer for Gold Coast Open House, email [email protected] or register online at www.goldcoastopenshouse.com.au
A photographic competition with two categories, junior and open, will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Sponsored by Grocon, the competition offers prizes valued at $1,500 across two categories. Entry details are available at www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au