Brisbane Open House

Brisbane Open House is a free annual event. We provide residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city.

Selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage visitors to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane’s built environment. The experience opens people’s 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.  Each year the event has continued to grow. In 2019, our tenth anniversary, BOH attracted 85,000 visits from over 35,000 participants to 120 sites.

This year we’ve changed the way we do things. We will be creating lots of year-round offerings for smaller groups of participants, so that we can ensure the safety of our staff, visitors, and volunteers.  Look out for special expert-lead tours and digital content that we will be sharing online.

We have shifted our next free weekend to 10 & 11 July 2021, positioned in a season from 26 June to 11 July, the school holidays of 2021. We are looking forward to exploring some beautiful places and discovering more hidden treasures with you!

Our objectives

Transformative interactions and raised awareness

  • Positively transform interactions of residents and visitors with the city of Brisbane
  • Uncover stories, experiences, and places within the city to foster civic pride and engagement
  • Provide access to significant public and privately-owned buildings
  • Engage with the urban spaces that occur between our buildings

Explore and promote:

  • Contemporary and historic architectural and urban/suburban attractions
  • Well-designed built environment settings, including environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable design in our subtropical city
  • The diverse professions who contribute to, create and protect Brisbane’s architectural and design attractions
  • Brisbane on a national and international stage as a design capital and a creative hub

Ambassador Darren Lockyer


“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.

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.

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 Brisbane Open House team 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 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland

Darren Lockyer

Malcolm Middleton OAM LFRAIA
Queensland Government Architect (Chair)

Arthur Frame AM
The National Trust of Australia (Qld) Board

Fiona Gardiner PSM
Director, Heritage
Department of Environment and Science

David Hertweck
Manager, Planning
Port of Brisbane

Stuart Macnaughton
McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Chris Skelton
NFP Accountants (Treasurer)



Ann McLean, Executive Director

Marketing Manager TBC

Georgia Smith, Events Manager