Brisbane Open House

What is Brisbane Open House?

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, 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.

BOH is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a global network of Open House events which has become a worldwide movement. Other cities include New York, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Chicago, Barcelona and Dublin.

Each Open House city is run as an independent organisation but all adhere to a shared set of values and ideals. For more information visit www.openhouseworldwide.org

What is the date of Brisbane Open House 2022?

Brisbane Open House (BOH) will be over the weekend of 27-28 August 2022.

Our inaugural Villages of Brisbane (VOB) event will be on Sunday 21 August 2022.

Sign up to our email list (if you haven’t already) to be the first to find out!

What are the Villages of Brisbane?

The Villages of Brisbane (VOB) is a new addition to Brisbane Open House.

It will be held on the weekend prior to the primary BOH event, on Sunday 21 August 2022.

For our inaugural year of this new, wonderful, community based event, we will be showcasing Sandgate and Shorncliffe. With approximately 15 venues and 5 walking trails, VOB will highlight the rich history and interesting architecture of the area.

Each year we will introduce a new Village of Brisbane to showcase local communities across the greater Brisbane region and the vast and diverse history and design of different areas of Brisbane.

What buildings are open during the BOH event?

BOH 2022 sees the return of a number of some of our most popular buildings and welcomes many new buildings to the program. As this is our first year returning after a two-year hiatus, it has not been possible to bring all our previous buildings to the program, though this will be the intention next year.

Our 2022 program has no residential houses this year.
If you wish to suggest a building for next years program click here.

Sign up to our email list (if you haven’t already) to stay up to date.

 

What is the Iconic Precinct?

Brisbane Open House is introducing an Iconic Precinct to celebrate some of Brisbane’s incredible urban landscapes.

For 2022 we are delighted to announce our partnership with Aria and thank them in supporting us to present this inaugural year at Fish Lane Arts Precinct.

Is Brisbane Open House free?

Yes the BOH weekend is a free public access event.

BOH is not-for-profit and is a part of the Open House Worldwide family – a global network of Open House events (in over 50 cities!) which is a worldwide movement.

Each Open House city is run as an independent organisation but all adhere to a shared set of values and ideals, including that all buildings will open for free! For more information visit www.openhouseworldwide.org

How do I use Favourites?

My Favourites enables you to build a personalised list of buildings you’d like to visit.

Beside each participating building you will see an orange ‘plus’ icon. Click to add the building to your faves and build your collection to help plan your itinerary for each day.


To Save your Favourites, you first need to register an account on our website.


If you already have an account, click the Login to Favourites tab (noting this is next to the key icon).

Can’t recall your password? Find and click the Forgot Password? button on the Login page.

 

I heard about ticket releases. Do I need to book?

For many buildings you won’t need to book, all you need to do is turn up!

For the handful of buildings with limited capacity for tours, these are managed by bookings.

To view pre-booked buildings, simply select them from the filter dropdown on this page (if you can’t see it, try scrolling down the page a little).


What can I do if I don’t receive my booked tickets?

Our pre-booked tickets are managed via Eventbrite. Please check your spam folder for an ‘Order Confirmation’ from: noreply@order.eventbrite.com

Where can I get more information?

Visit this website regularly for updates but also be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter, like and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

Can I sponsor or partner with this event?

Each year Brisbane Open House offers a number of partnership opportunities to selected organisations with an interest in Brisbane’s built environment and a desire to contribute to the city and the region’s cultural and economic future.

For further information please email info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Each year volunteers are integral to the success of Brisbane Open House.

You can fill out our volunteer registration form, or if you have further questions, please email info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au.

 

Can I suggest a building for Brisbane Open House?

If you would like to suggest a building which could be included in next years program, please complete a building suggestion form here.

Buildings invited to participate in Brisbane Open House are selected based on their architectural significance and the fact that they are not usually accessible to the general public.

Our 2022 program is a smaller event than previous years, so not all suggested buildings will make the program, however if not successful, we will note them for our 2023 events.

 

Are children welcome at the buildings?

Brisbane Open House is family friendly, with many buildings offering children’s activities – all kid’s activities and family friendly buildings will be announced when we launch the full program.

Am I allowed to photograph or record inside the buildings?

Generally yes – although a small number of buildings do not allow photography.

The ‘Tour Tip’ section on each building page will confirm if there are photography restrictions – if you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Remember you can enter your best photographs into our annual Photography Competition. The 2022 competition will be opening soon here!

Is there access for people with disabilities?

Most buildings have access for people with disabilities – unfortunately, a small number of buildings have limited or no wheelchair access.

The ‘Tour Tip’ section on each building page will confirm if there are access restrictions – if you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a line at info@brisbaneopenhouse.com.au

Is parking available at each building?

There is no special parking for Brisbane Open House at each building – there is limited paid and street car parking in each of the precincts.

We recommend using Brisbane’s public transport system, or enjoy walking and riding between buildings and precincts.

How can I enter the Brisbane Open House Photography Competition?

Each year BOH invites photographers to capture images over the BOH weekend and enter shots into our Photography Competition – it’s a fun and easy way to get involved, but also gives us an amazing perspective of the weekend with images from many sets of eyes, creative approaches and experiences.

Be sure to subscribe and keep up to date on all upcoming Photography Competition news and information. You can view the details plus all past winners here.