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Brisbane Open House 2016

From heritage treasures to ground breaking structures, Brisbane Open House on October 8-9, 2016 celebrates the city’s astounding architectural diversity.

Brisbane Open House invites Queenslanders and visitors to celebrate Brisbane’s architecture in all its diversity – old and new, big and small, residential and grand, rarely opened buildings and off-limit sites.

This year’s Brisbane Open House offers an extraordinary opportunity to tour 100 places and spaces around greater Brisbane, including 30 buildings participating in the free event for the first time.

Visitors can go behind the scenes and explore some of Brisbane’s most intriguing places such as 480 Queen Street, Queensland Art Gallery, Whitty Building, Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct, Roundhouse Theatre, and the Mayne Medical School Building.

Brisbane Open House is an initiative of the Queensland Government, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), and the Brisbane Development Association and, held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day.

Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton OAM said the event allows people to explore the city’s unique built environment, discover its abundant history and uncover well-kept secrets.

“Showcasing Brisbane’s most loved and admired buildings, infrastructure and urban landscapes is a great way to tell Brisbane’s story – from our rich history, to how we live, work and play, and even the design and development of the city’s future,” Mr Middleton said.

Stewart Armstrong, General Manager Heritage and Advocacy from the National Trust of Australia (Queensland), said this year’s program offers an extraordinary line-up, with something for everyone.

“Brisbane Open House offers a diverse program that will appeal to everyone,” Mr Armstrong said.

“Our Speaker Series, running for five weeks, offers a fascinating selection of engaging presenters discussing insightful topics. To meet the makers, explore their studios and workshops and understand their creative processes, there’s our Made in Brisbane program.

“Even the kids will have a great time immersing themselves in our captivating free workshops and activities across the weekend as part of our Children’s Program.”

Also on offer in 2016 is the ever-popular photo competition, guided walking tours of precincts and free concerts presented by Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks Initiative and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Brisbane Open House visitors will learn more about the participating buildings thanks to some of the city’s most respected architects holding special guided tours. Organisers are calling for volunteers to help with the guided tours. Last year almost 500 locals donated their time to Brisbane Open House, helping welcome visitors to the many participating buildings.

For more information or to volunteer, visit Brisbane Open House.