Sunshine Coast Open House is a free community event which offers rare behind-the-scenes access to the Sunshine Coast’s best buildings ranging from private homes, corporate buildings, heritage treasures and sustainable spaces. Enjoy meeting the people who design, build and preserve these buildings and celebrate the region’s unique history, architecture and built form. Following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fourth annual Sunshine Coast Open House weekend will be held on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 2021. It will showcase historic, contemporary and sustainable buildings from Caloundra to the Hinterland and Cooran.
Sunshine Coast Open House was founded in 2017 by the Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Australian Institute of Architects (Sunshine Coast Committee). Since it was founded, Sunshine Coast Open House has received generous funding and in-kind support from the Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural Heritage Levy and other government, corporate and community organisations. In its inaugural year, Sunshine Coast Open House celebrated the 50th anniversary of the official naming of the Sunshine Coast. Since then, the Open House event has opened 30 architecturally diverse buildings each year for the public to tour. Sunshine Coast Open House also hosts a number of associated events, walking tours, and talks each year, including its annual Open Forum which focuses on topical, thought-provoking issues.
Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network, founded by Open House London more than 25 years ago and now in 40+ cities around the world.
Sunshine Coast Open House Committee
- Lindy Atkin, Director, Bark Design Architects (Chair)
- Paul William Smith, Community Representative (Sponsorship)
- Evelyn Murphy, Urban Designer, Sunshine Coast Council (Secretary)
- Tony Holzberger, Principal Architect, Sunshine Coast Council (Building Manager)
- Hossein Farahani, Architectural Photographer
- Nastaran Hadidi, Graduate of Architecture
- Suzannah Harvey, Associate, Mode
- Erin Johnston, Design and Placemaking Branch, Sunshine Coast Council
- Laurie Jones, Heritage Architect
- Elspeth McEachern, Cultural Heritage Services, Sunshine Coast Council
- Ann Rainbow, Consultant
- Dr Eva-Marie Seeto, Office of Engagement, USC
- Dan Sparks, Director, Sparks Architects
- Sharon Stott, Sustainability Engagement, Sunshine Coast Council
- Roger Todd, Roger Todd Architect
OPEN HOUSE QUEENSLAND
Since its inception in 2010 the Office of the Queensland Government Architect has actively promoted the Open House concept across the state.
Queensland’s regional centres and their high quality of built environments allow the initiative to support strong tourism, cultural and professional development throughout the state. A regional program involving the cities of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Maryborough was identified and progressed, with the first regional event – Maryborough Open House – staged on 27 October 2012.
In addition to Sunshine Coast Open House, visitors can also enjoy the following Open House events across Queensland:
BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE
For further information visit:
BUNDABERG OPEN HOUSE
For further information visit:
GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE
Gold Coast Open House will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October 2021.
MARYBOROUGH OPEN HOUSE
In 2021, Maryborough Open House is becoming part of the Australian Heritage Festival and will include a program of tours, talks and exhibitions in May. For more information visit:
OPEN HOUSE WORLDWIDE
The Open House concept was founded in London in 1992 by Victoria Thornton OBE, aiming to create a wider community able to engage with architecture on their own terms and argue for a better quality of built environment.
Open House facilitates opportunities for a city’s inhabitants to directly experience how well-designed cities can improve their lives, by opening examples of architectural excellence to the public. These experiences stimulate dialogue about architecture and learning, which empowers people to advocate for a well-designed built environment.
The concept resonated with cities internationally and the organic growth of independent Open House cities led to the creation of the Open House Worldwide Family of affiliated cities in 2010, which has grown to about 40 cities across five continents.