Brisbane Open House is a free event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city.
Held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day, selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage them to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane's built environment – opening eyes and minds to good design and curious spaces.
The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 with great success, attracting more than 12,500 visits and each year the event has continued to grow. This year we're looking forward to exploring a wider range of buildings and discovering more hidden treasures!
Increase engagement between the city of Brisbane and its residents and visitors through promoting both the contemporary and historical architectural and design attractions of the city.
Promote public awareness of good and environmentally sustainable design in our subtropical city.
Promote public awareness of the urban spaces that occur between our buildings and the role played by design in their creation.
Promote public awareness of the diverse range of professions who contribute and collaborate in creating and protecting Brisbane’s architectural and design attractions.
Provide free access to a range of significant public and privately owned buildings in Brisbane.
Foster civic engagement and civic pride.
“Architecture and design have always been a passion of mine, but over the last few years they have played a significant role in my life. Engaging an architect to design and project manage the building of our new family home here in Brisbane has been an incredible journey.
It has been a learning experience to work with incredibly creative practitioners that can take your unique family and lifestyle needs and turn them into a living space. Good design can make a very significant impact on how we live our lives and it follows that our choices of structure and materials can have a big impact on our environment too. Reducing the running costs of our homes and improving how we live can go hand-in-hand with well-designed buildings and outdoor spaces.
Like many Brisbanites I am proud of our rich architectural heritage which includes quintessential Queenslander houses floating on their stilts against the hills of older suburbs and the many more modern interpretations of this style that now dot our city as it expands.
Similarly, Brisbane has many colonial era public buildings rubbing shoulders with cutting edge contemporary commercial spaces that create a vibrant city landscape.
In its seventh year, Brisbane Open House invites design and architecture enthusiasts of all ages to explore our city from inside some of our most significant and iconic buildings. Gain free access to some of our oldest and most interesting buildings, take a tour of brand new and exciting towers or show the family how an emergency centre or dental school works. I am proud to be a part of the growing Brisbane Open House program and enjoy the opportunity to meet new designers, learn new design ideas and embrace the future of Queensland’s architecture. Good design is about buildings and spaces that you never get tired of and I encourage you to join me in learning more about them at Brisbane Open House this October.”
Brisbane Open House is the result of a unique partnership between the Queensland Government, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), and the Brisbane Development Association. Brisbane Open House wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of the following 2016 team;
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
Robert Allan, Director, Three Plus
Stewart Armstrong, General Manager Heritage and Advocacy, National Trust of Australia (Queensland)
Mary Burns, Manager Research and Strategic Projects, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Cathryn Chatburn, Director, Urban Enquiry
Cathryn Chatburn, Director, Urban Enquiry
Mark Doonar, Executive Director, Brisbane Development Association
Fiona Gardiner, Director, Heritage, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Ben Lyons, Office Manager/Principal, Cardno HRP
Meg Macaulay, Senior Communications Officer, Department of Housing and Public Works
Stuart Macnaughton, Partner, McCullough Robertson
Kim Mayberry, Urban Planner, Brisbane City Council (Urban Renewal Brisbane)
Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA, Queensland Government Architect
Don Rivers, Assistant Director-General, Building Industry & Policy, Department of Housing and Public Works
Ann Rainbow, Event Manager
Kim Wilson, Event Coordinator
Annie Macnaughton, Event Coordinator
Please help us improve the Brisbane Open House event by telling us your thoughts on architecture and the built environment, and your experiences at the event. Email your thoughts and ideas to [email protected] or call us on (07) 3223 6666.