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Welcome to Gold Coast Open House

On Saturday 19 October 2019, the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens 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.

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.



Gold Coast Open House ambassador Tim Ross is a comedian, radio host, architecture enthusiast and television presenter of the ABC series Streets of Your Town which examined the changing aesthetics of Australia’s suburban housing. A passion for architecture and design inspired Tim to create a stand-up show called Man About The House, which he performed in significant houses and buildings around Australia. More recently, he collaborated with the National Archives of Australiaon a new book, Motel Images of Australia on Holidays, capturing the best of Australian holidays from the 1950s to ‘80s. He performs his new show Motel at 1960s motels.

In 2019, Tim Ross was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects National President Prize for his commitment to championing architecture and the conservation of significant buildings, including his work in the Save Our Sirius campaign.Tim has loved architecture since he was young.

 “I was a kid of the suburbs and I was intrigued by the interesting houses around me and that were being built.”
“The best architecture is open to all of us and it should be for all of us. The Open House program is about getting out, taking a sticky beak and letting design wash over you, move you and inspire you. I encourage everyone young, old and in between to get involved. To look up, to look across and back in time and to the future. To let it move you.”

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Our Partners

National Trust of Australia (Queensland)
Australian Institute of Architects
City of Gold Coast
Queensland Heritage Council
The Star Gold Coast
BDA Architecture
Griffith University
MinterEllison Gold Coast
DBI Design
Stone Style
Rider Levett Bucknall
MG Group
Zone Planning Group
Hutchinson Builders
Bond University Abedian School of Architecture
Sunland Group
Place Design Group
Hot Tomato
ABC Gold Coast
Nine Gold Coast News
Blank GC
QMS Media
Environmental Heritage Protection


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