Open House Brisbane 2015

Old to new, grand to small, gothic to modernist, subterranean to sublime… Brisbane Open House lures urban explorers and inquisitive minds.

Brisbane’s architectural wonders are being showcased at the sixth annual Brisbane Open House, when the city extends an open invitation to explorers keen to sample an extraordinary line-up of buildings over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015.

This year’s Brisbane Open House offers an unprecedented opportunity to tour almost 100 places and spaces around greater Brisbane, including 30 buildings participating in the free event for the first time.

Access to a vast array of historic and contemporary buildings is offered to visitors who will relish the chance to unlock some of Brisbane’s most intriguing places, with free talks by the city’s architects and opportunities to tour marvels of design, including Archerfield Airport, the Brisbane General Post Office (GPO), UQ Oral Health building, Queensland Emergency Operations Centre, Brisbane City Council’s Spring Hill Service Reservoirs, Roma Street Station Heritage Building, Fernberg (Government House) and Hobbs Park.

Brisbane Open House is an initiative of the Office of the Queensland Government Architect in the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Brisbane Development Association and National Trust of Australia (Queensland), held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day.

Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton said the event allows people to explore the city’s unique built environment, discover its abundant history and uncover well-kept secrets.

“Brisbane Open House tells Brisbane’s story – from our rich history, to how we live, work and play, to the future design and development of the city – by giving people the opportunity to discover some of Brisbane’s most loved and admired buildings, infrastructure and urban landscapes,” Mr Middleton said.

Ben Lyons, President of the Brisbane Development Association said this year’s program offers an extraordinary line-up, with something for everyone.

“This year, Brisbane Open House’s diverse program is sure to appeal to everyone,” Mr Lyons said.

“We have a fascinating selection of influential presenters discussing insightful topics at our Speaker Series, which now runs for five weeks.

“Our Made in Brisbane program offers backstage passes to meet the makers, explore their studios and workshops and understand their creative processes, while our Children’s Program will keep the kids entertained with fascinating free workshops and activities across the weekend.”

Also on offer in 2015 is the ever-popular photo competition, guided walking tours of precincts and free concerts presented by Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks Initiative and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Brisbane Open House visitors will learn more about the participating buildings thanks to some of the city’s most respected architects holding special guided tours.

Organisers are calling for volunteers to help with the guided tours. Last year more than 500 locals donated their time to Brisbane Open House, showing residents around Brisbane’s hidden gems.

For more information or to volunteer visit


01. Albert Street Uniting Church SAT/SUN
02. All Saints’ Anglican Church SAT/SUN
03. Ann Street Presbyterian Church SAT
04. Architectus SAT

05. Arkhefield SAT/SUN
06. Brisbane City Hall SAT/SUN
07. Brisbane General Post Office (GPO) SAT
08. Brisbane Square SAT/SUN
09. bureau^proberts Architects SAT
11. The Chambers, 308 Queen Street SAT/SUN
12. City Tabernacle Baptist Church SAT/SUN
13. Customs House SAT
14. Hobbs Park, 480 Queen Street SUN
15. John Mills Himself SAT
16. MacArthur Museum SAT
17. Masonic Memorial Temple SAT
18. Roma Street Fire Station SUN
19. Roma Street Station Heritage Building SAT/SUN
20. Shingle Inn City Hall SAT/SUN
21. Spring Hill Service Reservoirs SAT/SUN
22. St Andrew’s Lutheran Church SAT
23. St Andrew’s Uniting Church SAT/SUN
24. St John’s Cathedral SAT/SUN
25. St Stephen’s Cathedral SAT/SUN
26. St Stephen’s Chapel SAT/SUN
27. Studio 217, Craigston SAT
28. United Service Club Queensland SUN
29. Woods Bagot Studio SAT


30. Commissariat Store Museum SAT/SUN
31. Old Government House, QUT SUN
32. Parliament House SAT/SUN
33. QUT Science and Engineering Centre SUN
34. Treasury Heritage Hotel SAT/SUN


41. Brisbane Girls Grammar School SAT
42. Old Museum Brisbane SAT
43. Oral Health Centre SUN
44. St Paul’s Presbyterian Church SAT/SUN
45. Wilson Architects SUN


46. m3architecture SUN
47. Old Bishopsbourne and Chapel SAT/SUN
48. Saint Brigid’s Church SUN


49. Diamantina Health Care Museum SAT/SUN
50. Ecosciences Precinct SUN
51. Princess Theatre SAT/SUN
52. St Mary’s Anglican Church SUN


53. AECOM — North Tower HQ SAT
54. Brickworks Design Studio SAT
55. Green Square Affordable Housing SAT
56. HASSELL Studio + HOUSES Magazine SUN
57. Howard Smith Wharves SUN
58. Miegunyah House Museum SUN
59. Newstead House SUN
60. PDT Architects SAT


61. Archerfield Airport SAT
62. Dornoch Terrace House SAT
63. Graceville Uniting Church SAT/SUN
64. Hanworth House SUN
65. Hummingbird House and Wheller Gardens SAT
66. Port of Brisbane SAT/SUN
67. Queensland Academy for Creative
Industries (QACI) SAT
68. Queensland Herbarium SAT/SUN
69. Sir Samuel Griffith Centre SAT
70. Windsor State School SAT


71. Brisbane Common Ground SAT 72. Brisbane Powerhouse SUN
73. The Cul-de-sac SAT
74. D House SUN

75. Dock Street Warehouse SAT
76. Fernberg, Government House SAT
77. Gabba Stadium SAT
78. Indigo Jungle Interior Styling Garden Studio SAT
79. Mackay Terrace Residence SAT
80. The Moreton Club SUN
81. Queensland Emergency Operations Centre SUN
82. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre SAT
83. Taringa House SAT/SUN
84. Tattersall’s Club SAT/SUN
85. Torbreck SAT
86. Translational Research Institute SAT
87. Walter Taylor Bridge SAT/SUN
88. Windmill Tower SAT/SUN

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