The Sunshine Coast’s annual event to unlock the region’s most historic and architecturally significantbuildings, Sunshine Coast Open House, will be officially launched at the redeveloped Events Centre Caloundra today.Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, will officially launch the third annual Sunshine Coast Open House at The Events Centre Caloundra, ahead of Sunshine Coast Open House weekend on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019.
Other special guests include Sunshine Coast Council Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer, Noosa Council Cr Ingrid Jackson, Sunshine Coast award-winning architect and Sunshine Coast Open House Ambassador John Mainwaring, and Sunshine Coast Open House Young Ambassador and UQ Architecture Student Lily Parsons.
Sunshine Coast Open House is a free community event which provides visitors with the rare opportunity to tour architecturally diverse, contemporary, sustainable and historic buildings from Caloundra, Maroochydore and Nambour to the Hinterland, Peregian, Noosa and Pomona.Visitors will enjoy discovering long-kept secrets behind some of the region’s most intriguing buildings such as the Hinterland’s Bankfoot House and Fairview (Pattemore House), Caloundra’s Lighthouses, mid-century Wilson Beach House, Gabriel Poole’s Lake Weyba House and Quadropod House, and Youi HQ and USC Stadium, 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 Qld Chapter Councillor Adrian Just said 30 hand-picked buildings were opening and offering guided and self-guided tours with the aim of encouraging the general public to explore, re-examine and engage with the region’s built environment.
“We are thrilled to be including 13 new buildings in the 2019 program which is expanding to a full weekend for the first time. The program showcases the region’s heritage, public spaces, green star projects, beach houses and places seldom seen within the rich tapestry of the Sunshine Coast, said Mr Just.
“There is the chance to see backstage and behind the scenes of familiar places, the opportunity to see grand and small, views and workplaces, and many beautiful spaces not often shared with the wider populace,” he said.
Sunshine Coast Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said Open House provided the opportunity to see some of the most inspiring and interesting attributes of the buildings in our region.
“Sunshine Coast Council is proud to be one of the Founding Partners of Sunshine Coast Open House and a Principal Partner in this year’s program through our Heritage Levy,” Cr Dwyer said.
“It’s a fantastic way for the community to see and consider how architecture and design have contributed to the healthy, smart, creative region we know today.
“The range of heritage buildings on the program this year are a great demonstration of the vibrant architectural design and consideration of our natural environment that went into the development of some of our buildings in decades gone by.
”Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network, founded by Open House London more than 25 years ago and now in 40+ cities around the world.
It receives support from the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy.People wishing to volunteer or learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House can visit www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au.