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Gold Coast Open House

See below for the latest media releases about Gold Coast Open House. If you require images or information,
please contact Kate Innes kate@hellomarketing.com.au 0418 667 330 or Melanie Holloway-Hoad melanie@hellomarketing.com.au 0431 742 910.


On Saturday 27 October 2018, the fourth 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.

This year, Gold Coast Open House presents 43 sites from the Southport Seaway to Bilinga, from heritage buildings to schools and university spaces, places of worship, private residences, television and radio studios, 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.

The buildings included in 2018 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 and landmark Gold Coast developments under construction.

Visitation over the past few years suggests that private Gold Coast residences are most-in demand, with all spaces fully booked ahead of the day by those wanting to peek one of the architecturally inspiring homes open for Gold Coast Open House.

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.

  • 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 2018 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 fourth ‘Focus on Architecture’ photography competition will be held in conjunction with Gold Coast Open House. $1,500 in prizes will be won in Open and Junior categories.
  • 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 14 September 2018 for the full program. Pre-registrations open on Friday 21 September.
  • 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.


The fourth annual Gold Coast Open House program, officially announced today at Nineteen at The Star by His Excellency the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, will be bigger than ever before with 39 buildings and places plus four guided walking tours on Saturday 27 October 2018.

This year’s program sees some favourite buildings return for the fourth consecutive year, a few that are back after a year or two’s absence, and 14 new venues to explore.

There are two new guided walking tours this year – one that celebrates the history and heritage of Mudgeeraba; the other is a walking tour at Pacific Fair.

Newcomers to the inspiring workplace category are architectural firm DBI, who relocated to the site of the old Trocadero nightclub in 2008, redesigning the space in spectacular fashion. A few items from the old club décor remain to ensure the office’s colourful past is not forgotten. Those who visit DBI can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of DBI’s work on the Spirit devel-opment, which is taking shape right next door.

Always the most popular places on the program are private residences and this year there are four homes (Tallai, Currumbin Waters, Broadbeach Waters and Paradise Waters), as well as an apartment and a micro urban village at Southport.

Tours of Main Beach’s stunning beachfront apartments designed by architect Virginia Kerridge will undoubtedly be highly sought-after by those who have wandered past them and dreamt of owning one.

Also amongst the newcomers will be guided tours at The Star Gold Coast, guided tours at Southern Cross University and
Griffith University’s Aquatic Centre and Fitness Facility, Marina Concourse development at Benowa and Rockcote’s multi-environmental-award-winning centre at Carrara.

There are two new heritage gems – The Residence and Mr PP’s (1908) and the Southport Bathing Pavilion (1934) – for those who wish to step back in time to the early days of Southport.

Gold Coast Little Theatre will offer guided tours where you can learn about its history that dates back to the ‘50s or step into the new century at the Jewel Development, where you can don a high vis vest and hard hat and journey onto the ground floor podium to learn more about this amazing development.

For the full program or more information on tours that require pre-registration, head to www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au Pre-registration for guided tours opens on Friday 21 September at 9am.

Registrations are already available online for Gold Coast Open House’s free fringe event, the ArchiFlix film night at The Star on Saturday 20 October. Enjoy a curated selection of films, followed by a panel discussion. Pre-registrations are essential for ArchiFlix.


Get snapping for Gold Coast Open House. The four-year-old event will again host its popular Focus on Architecture
Photography Competition, sponsored this year by Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects.

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 27 October 2018.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of Gold Coast Open House committee members, architects from Hamilton Hayes Henderson 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 31 October. Juniors, primary and secondary school students should hashtag their photos #gcoh18 and #gcoh18jnr. Those entering the open photography section should hashtag their pho-tos #gcoh18 and #gcoh18open. See competition terms and terms and conditions at

Gold Coast Open House encourages people to visit places they might only have read about or seen from the street. The 43 plac-es that open to the public this year range from inspiring private residences to skyscraping towers, to heritage gems and some of the Gold Coast’s most spectacular sporting facilities.

The list also includes 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 imag-es
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

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