OPEN HOUSE IGNITES GOLD COASTERS’ PASSION FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

On Saturday 5 November 2016, Gold Coast city will host the second Open House, unlocking the doors of quirky, interesting and significant buildings and inviting Gold Coasters to take behind-the-scenes tours of places not typically available for public access.

Last year Gold Coast Open House became part of a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events. The concept has spread to more than 30 cities around the world since it was founded in London in 1992.

More than 30 Gold Coast properties from Coomera to Currumbin are already listed for Gold Coast Open House 2016.

From heritage buildings to schools and university spaces, places of worship, private residences, television and radio studios, hospitals and some of the Gold Coast’s most architecturally inspiring landmark buildings and workplaces, Gold Coast Open House allows the community to engage with fascinating places they may have heard about or only seen from the street.

Chair of Gold Coast Open House 2016 and Co-chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ branch of the Australian Institute of Architecture, Greg Ewart, says this year’s list of buildings is multi-faceted and impressive.

“We were overwhelmed by the positive response received for the first event in 2015 and expect Gold Coasters to get behind Open House again with the same interest and enthusiasm shown last year.”

“The buildings on display this year create a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects,” said Greg.

Guided and self-guided tours will be available for Gold Coast Open House, with some buildings requiring pre-registration. Registrations for guided tours for Gold Coast Open House will open in mid-September when the full list of buildings is announced. It is a free event.

IMAGE: Mitchell McDonald was a winner in last year’s GCOH photography competition

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