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OPEN HOUSE IGNITES GOLD COASTERS’ PASSION FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

On Saturday 4 November 2017, the third annual Gold Coast Open House will open the 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.

Last year, Gold Coast Open House presented over 30 sites from Coomera to Currumbin, 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.

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.

This year, organisers anticipate the number of buildings on the Gold Coast Open House program will increase to at least 40.

The buildings included in 2017 will combine to 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.

Visitation last year suggested that private Gold Coast residences were most-in demand, with all spaces fully booked ahead of the day by those wanting to peek inside some of the Gold Coast’s architectural award-winning homes.

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.
ABOUT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE 2017

• Since 2015, the Gold Coast has been part of a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events, which began in London in 1992.
• Gold Coast Open House is not-for-profit and is run by volunteers.
• The event has been made possible by founding partners, the National Trust, Australian Institute of Architects and City of Gold Coast.
• Gold Coast Open House 2017 is a free event, providing visitors with the opportunity to step inside some of the City of Gold Coast’s diverse, well-designed, historic and cutting-edge buildings and spaces.
• Selected buildings and spaces will be open to the public for self-guided and guided tours, encouraging the general public to explore and engage with the City of Gold Coast’s built environment.
• The third ‘Focus on Architecture’ photography competition will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House.
• Gold Coast Open House is seeking volunteers to assist with facilitation of the event.
• Gold Coast Open House is also seeking expressions of interest from volunteer photographers.
• Attendance at some Gold Coast Open House buildings require pre-registration for guided tours. Please see website from mid-September 2017 when the full list of buildings is launched.
• Gold Coast Open House is an annual City of Gold Coast Cultural event that raises awareness of good design and the
importance of preserving the City’s wealth of historical and architectural assets.
• For more information about Gold Coast Open House, go to www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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• Gold Coast Open House 2017 will be held on Saturday, 4 November 2017.
• Forty buildings, places and spaces that are usually closed to the public will throw open their doors to offer behind the scenes tours to the public. They include games ready Commonwealth Games
venues, historic gems, inspirational homes, churches, schools, universities and public buildings,
stars of sustainability, and marvels of engineering that include tall towers and public utilities that work behind the scenes to keep the City of Gold Coast running smoothly.
• Gold Coast Open House is three years old. In 2015, City of Gold Coast joined a world-wide family of Open House events that launched in London in 1992.
• Gold Coast Open House is a free event, not-for-profit, run by volunteers and made possible by its founding partners, the National Trust, the Australian Institute of Architects and City of Gold Coast.
• Selected buildings and spaces open on the day for self-guided and guided tours encouraging locals and visitors to explore and engage with the City of Gold Coast’s built environment.
• The third Focus on Architecture photography competition will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. Other side events include speaker and film nights.
• Gold Coast Open House is seeking volunteers to help as meeters and greeters on the day.
• Gold Coast Open House is also seeking expressions of interest from volunteer photographers to work at the event.
• Most buildings will open for guided and self-guided tours on the day but some need to be prebooked.
• Gold Coast Open House is an annual City of Gold Coast cultural event that raises awareness about good design and the importance of preserving the City’s wealth of historical and architectural assets. It encourages locals and visitors to explore and engage with the City of Gold Coast’s built environment.
• Learn more about Gold Coast Open House at the website, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Linked In.

THROUGH THE LENS: GET SNAPPING TO WIN PRIZES AT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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Get snapping for Gold Coast Open House. The three-year-old event will again host its popular Focus on Architecture Photography Competition.
Photographers of all ages are invited to pack cameras, visit buildings, places and spaces that join this year’s program and get snapping for the chance to share $1,500 in prizes.

The competition is open to anyone who has an interest in architecture and design and a passion and flair for photography but remember, your entries must be taken on the day of the event – Saturday 4 November 2017.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of Gold Coast Open House committee members, architects and sponsors. Snaps can be taken indoors or out. Judges consider creativity, photo quality and architectural significance when selecting the winners.

Submit your entries to Instagram before 5pm on Wednesday 8 November. Juniors, primary and secondary school students should hashtag their photos #gcoh17 and #gcoh17jnr. Those entering the open photography section should hashtag their photos #gcoh17 and #gcoh17 open. See competition terms and terms and conditions at www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

Gold Coast Open House encourages people to visit places they might only have read about or seen from the street. The 40 that open to the public this year range from classic beach houses to skyscraping towers, heritage gems to public utilities that are marvels of modern engineering designed to keep the City of Gold Coast running like clockwork.

The list also includes Commonwealth Games ready stadiums and athlete training centres; museums, galleries and theatres; inspiring homes, workplaces, public buildings, churches, schools, and universities; TV and radio broadcast studios and land and coastal walks.

In other news for snappers:
• Gold Coast Open House is hosting a series of mini Gold Coast Open House photography competitions as a warmup for this year’s events. See the Gold Coast Open House Facebook page for details.
• Gold Coast Open House is seeking expressions of interest from volunteer photographers to help build a portfolio of images for future event promotion.

Registered volunteer photographers can enter the photography competition and submit their work to the Gold Coast Open House committee for consideration and inclusion in the image library.

For the full list of Gold Coast Open House locations, information for volunteer photographers and terms and conditions of entry into the competition, go to www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

LEARN HOW YOUR MEGACITY WORKS AT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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Visit public utilities and learn about the feats of engineering required to keep the City of Gold Coast running like clockwork at Gold Coast Open House on Saturday 4 November 2017.

Hinze Dam, Tugun Desalination Plant and the Southport Seaway Sand Bypass pumphouse will open so the public can explore.

Public utilities join heritage gems, Commonwealth Games ready sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations and workplaces that open for the event.

Gold Coast Open House is a free annual event that encourages people to visit buildings, places and spaces they might have read about or seen from the street.

It is based on the London model which launched in the 1990s and spread around the world, teaching architectural appreciation and encouraging people to think differently about the built environment.

Gold Coast Open House turns three this year with 40 buildings, places and spaces opening their doors.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AT GAMES READY SPORTS VENUES AT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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Marvel at the wonders of sports stadium architecture and design when Commonwealth Games ready venues and elite athlete training centres throw open their doors to the public at Gold Coast Open House on Saturday 4 November 2017.

The new Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre and award-winning KDV Gold Coast Golf & Tennis Academy, both at Carrara, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport and Broadbeach Bowls Club will all welcome visitors to explore their facilities at Gold Coast Open House this year.

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games™ will bring 6,600 athletes from 70 nations and territories to the Gold Coast to compete in an 11-day festival of sport and culture from 4-15 April 2018.

The $105 million Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre is home to Commonwealth Games badminton, para power lifting, weight lifting and wrestling and completes the precinct that will host the Games opening and closing ceremonies.

Post-games, the legacy project will support a range of sport and community groups that will use its world-class class competition and training facilities.
KDV Gold Coast Golf & Tennis Academy is not a Commonwealth Games venue but it is right across the road from one. The $20 million project is a world-class training facility for elite sportsmen and women. It won the Queensland Institute of Architects’ state design award for commercial architecture.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Broadbeach Bowls Club and Bond University’s Sports Science Building all return to the Gold Coast Open House program. So does Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, home to one of Australia’s finest collections of Commonwealth and Olympic games memorabilia and ephemera. The museum is located in an old Queenslander that was moved to Owen Park, Southport and restored.

Gold Coast Open House offers a range of free guided and self-guided tours. Some need to be booked. Bookings for buildings with registered tours open on Tuesday 3 October. See website for details.

THE HISTORY OF OPEN HOUSE

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The Open House concept was founded in 1992 in London by Victoria Thornton, with the aim of fostering a better understanding of architecture and the built environment.

Frustrated by the barriers between the architectural profession and the capital’s citizens, Victoria set out to make London’s buildings accessible to all, in line with her belief that direct experience is the most effective way to learn about, understand and argue for quality in the built environment.

“Well-designed buildings and public spaces are vital in creating and sustaining a vibrant city and Open House London enabled the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements about architecture,” says Victoria.

By 1994, 200 contemporary and historic buildings across London featured in the event. Access to the buildings is always free and this has remains core to the event’s ethos to encourage inclusivity for all.

In London, about 1000 buildings now open to the public across two days each September with more than 250,000 visitors attending buildings and side events.

The concept is being replicated across Europe, the United States, Latin America and Australia.

THIS IS LIVING: INSPIRING BEACH HOMES OPEN FOR GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

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Three inspirational private homes that epitomise beach living will open for Gold Coast Open House on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

One is a jaw-dropping luxury beachside mansion. The others are glamorous re-imaginings of classic Gold Coast beach houses. All three are by Gold Coast architects and have won awards or plaudits from peak bodies like the Australian Institute of Architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free annual event based on the London model which launched in the 1990s and spread around the world. It gives people a chance to visit buildings, places and spaces they might only read about or see from the street, teaches architectural appreciation and encourages people to think differently about the built environment.

Forty heritage gems, Commonwealth Games ready sports stadiums and other inspirational buildings, places and spaces will open their doors to visitors for Gold Coast Open House 2017.

The private homes are:

Hill House, Burleigh: A magical three level luxury timber mansion designed by Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann for a tricky block. Raised on stilts, it appears to hover over Burleigh Hill. Locals call it The Floating House.

Burleigh Street House: Gold Coast architect Matthew Eagle’s modern reimagining of beach houses of the 1950s and 60s uses indoor outdoor living spaces to connect an original bungalow with two pavilions. The renovation won best house alteration and addition over 200 square metres at the recent 2017 Houses Awards in Melbourne and Mr Eagle’s firm ME won best emerging architecture practice.

Broadbeach Waters House: Glamorous 1970s beach house renovation by Griffith University Gold Coast architecture graduate Pam Deasy. Noteworthy features include outdoor lighting salvaged from the old Chevron Hotel, Surfers Paradise.

WHAT’S NEW AT GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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The third Gold Coast Open House will be bigger than ever before with 40 buildings, places and spaces set to unlock doors and open areas usually closed to the public on Saturday 4 November 2017.

The event introduces 15 new venues, a film night and two new walks – one celebrates Southport’s architectural Art Deco history; the other is a nature walk that winds through sand dunes along Federation Walk, at The Spit, Main Beach, to emerge at beach locations that offer stunning Surfers and Southport skyline views.
Commonwealth Games ready sports venues, inspiring private homes that reimagine the classic Gold Coast beach house and two new heritage projects at Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang, are among the new venues.

Buchan Group Offices, Southport, and Soho + Soho on Lake, Robina, are newcomers to the inspiring workplace category. Both are architectural practices and the perfect place to see how industry insiders practice what they preach. Broadbeach Library will showcase its eco-credentials.

The Woodroffe Hotel, Southport, a new business hotel, shows off design savvy interiors and views that reflect its mantra — budget and boutique.
Hinze Dam, Tugun Desalination Plant and the Southport Seaway’s Sand By-Pass System showcase marvels of engineering that work behind the scenes to keep the city of Gold Coast operating smoothly.

The Australian Industry Trade College, at Robina, is a newcomer to the education category joining returning favourites The Southport School, St Hilda’s School Gold Coast and Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture and Sports Science building.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Gold Coast Aquatic Centre return after a break last year, to offer backstage theatre, gallery and behind the scenes tours that were hits in the event’s inaugural year.

Behind the scenes tours are popular. Some need to be pre-booked. For more information go to goldcoastopenhouse.com.au on October 3.

Touring architectural and design film festival ArchiFlix will host a new film night that joins side events that include an architecture-focused Speaker Night.

GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATES NERANG’S PIONEERING PAST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 4 September 2017
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Homes that celebrate Nerang’s pioneering past are among the heritage gems that will open to the public at the third Gold Coast Open House on Saturday 4 November 2017.

Nerang was the birthplace settlement in south-east Queensland, home to timber cutters who logged for red cedar and their families.

The first town survey was conducted in 1865, the first school built a decade later in 1875. Nerang Creek Heads was renamed Southport.

Ceramic House, constructed circa 1919 of timber and tin and raised on stumps, is representative of early 20th century houses built in the Queenslander style.

Relocated to make way for a motorway, it was moved to nearby Bischof Pioneer Park and restored. It now serves as a visitor centre and museum furnished as family home in the period style.

It’s neighbour Preece House, is a restored mid-20th century timber home that now serves as a community centre and art gallery that now houses a world-class exhibition of Aboriginal portraiture from the 1860s to the 1940s.

Both homes were restored by the Nerang Community Association and its volunteers.

Riverside Bischof Pioneer Park is also home to The Maid of Sker, a replica fashioned from the remains of the paddleboat that ran its cargoes from Brisbane to Southport and Nerang from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Heritage treasures Queensland Naval Brigade Drill Hall, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, Southport Town Hall, The Station, The Exchange, Somerville Funerals, Southport Masonic Centre, St Hilda’s School and The Southport School are always favourites of the Gold Coast Open House program.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event that teaches architectural appreciation and encourages locals and visitors to think differently about the built environment. Forty buildings, places and spaces will open to the public this year.

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