- Wednesday 27 September 2017
Sunshine Coast locals and visitors will have the rare opportunity to visit 30 of the region’s most intriguing buildings when they open their doors for the inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
The free Sunshine Coast Open House provides visitors with the rare opportunity to tour architecturally diverse, well-designed and historic buildings across the region.
Sunshine Coast Open House was launched by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, at a special event hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Other special guests included Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington, USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill and Sunshine Coast award-winning architect John Mainwaring.
Sunshine Coast Open House offers the chance to tour a remarkable range of heritage and contemporary buildings including the Caloundra Lighthouses, the heritage-listed Maleny Lodge, University of Sunshine Coast buildings and private homes including Avonlea and Tent House. Visitors will enjoy learning more about the buildings thanks to a number of renowned Sunshine Coast architects and informed volunteers holding special guided tours.
Sunshine Coast Open House Committee Chair and Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Chair Adrian Just said the initiative aims to enrich understanding of the region’s built environment by encouraging residents and visitors to explore and engage with a diverse mix of buildings.
“We all love the Sunshine Coast, but don’t always get the chance to explore its history and see inside some of our most interesting buildings,” Mr Just said.
“The inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House is a fantastic opportunity for the community to experience the rich diversity of the Sunshine Coast’s built environment.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Open House would be a key activity in official celebrations of the 50th Anniversary Naming of the Sunshine Coast.
“The inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House provides the opportunity to celebrate our region’s architecture and coming of age in innovative private and public building design,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This event allows for participants to engage with our past and future when they wander through the amazing buildings on display.”
Presented by Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Committee, Sunshine Coast Open House also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast.
The event is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural Heritage Levy Program and the Sunshine Coast 50th Anniversary Grant Program, as well as Noosa Council’s Grant Program.
Sunshine Coast Open House is part of Open House Worldwide – a network of 30+ Open House cities globally.
People wishing to volunteer or learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House can visit www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au.