GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE
GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE, 2020 DONE DIFFERENTLY!
In October 2015, the Gold Coast held its first ‘Open House’, joining a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events, the first of which was held in London in 1992. The concept has spread to more than 30 cities around the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and countries including Spain, USA, Finland, Italy and Greece.
Open House is also held in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Maryborough and Toowoomba. Brisbane Open House has become a major cultural event, with more than 100 buildings across the heart of the city allowing public access over the weekend.
Gold Coast Open House has been made possible by founding partners, the National Trust, Australian Institute of Architects and City of Gold Coast. Gold Coast Open House is a free event.
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2020, the sixth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the virtual doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.
Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect our city’s unique architecture and urban design.
Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the Gold Coast has a varied and unique stock of buildings and places in comparison with many other major Australian cities.
The buildings included in the program each year show 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.
Gold Coast Open House is a free event for young and old. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore these urban spaces and learn more about the Gold Coast, its history and future aspirations—and how architecture and design have contributed to the city we know today.