Take a peek inside some of Brisbane’s iconic spaces during Brisbane Open House
If your work day commences when you step foot in the office, you’re pretty lucky. More likely, it begins the second you open your eyes – checking emails and making phone calls on the commute to work in an effort to tick off another couple of things on the never ending to-do list. The trade-off for all of this increased efficiency is that often, we miss the journey completely. Think about it, how many times have you arrived at work with absolutely no recollection of the trip? If you’re guilty of it (we all are), Brisbane Open House is the perfect opportunity to stop, observe and appreciate some of the amazing architecture and stunning spaces that make this fine city of ours so unique.
Lovers of design and architecture, we’ve got some exciting news – Brisbane Open House is back and celebrating its tenth birthday by rolling out its largest and most ambitious program to date. This year, the two-day event (October 12 and 13) is unlocking the doors to 119 unique buildings and structures for your viewing pleasure, from award-winning architectural masterpieces to heritage sites and spaces – it’s all about uncovering the gems in our built environment. Some of this year’s new additions are 25 King Street, All Hallows’ Convent: Adderton – house and heart of mercy, Brisbane Racing Club, Ryan Street Library, Wickham Terrace Carpark and Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Precinct, and folks, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Also returning for this year’s event are much-loved structures such as Masonic Memorial Centre, Brisbane City Hall, Fort Lytton, 1 William Street, Skytower, The Queensland Herbarium and more. As if that wasn’t enough, this year, the program features an international element with BOH International Lecture: Shaping Singapore featuring Charu Kokate, Principal and Director of Singapore’s Safdie Architects, which will explore the architectural trends, long-term planning and collaboration of projects in South East Asia and discover what lessons we can learn and apply here in Brisbane.
The best part? Brisbane Open House is completely free of charge, leaving the weekend’s journey completely in your hands. The BOH website easily allows you to construct your own bespoke itinerary for the weekend – a few of the buildings with more strict capacity regulations do require a pre-registration, but many of the awesome places on offer will be open for general access throughout the course of the event. As well as the option to make your whole experience self-paced and autonomous, there will also be guided walking tours, free concerts and workshops happening on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Image 1: Adderton – house and heart of mercy, Greg Henderson
Image 2: Spring Hill Baths, Cieran Murphy
Image 3: Oxley Stirling Residences, Peter Sexty
Image 4: Mercedes Benz AutoHaus, Joseph Byford
Image 5: Howard Smith Wharves, Max Hinton
Image 6: Brisbane City Hall, Maria Medina