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On the weekend of October 21st and 22nd, 2023, the Sunshine Coast Open House invites you to embark on an architectural journey, and the best part? It's completely free. This community-driven event offers a unique opportunity to explore the architectural wonders of the region. From cutting-edge modern homes to historic heritage treasures and innovative sustainable spaces, there's something for every architectural enthusiast.

While observing a structure from the outside is intriguing, Open House goes beyond by allowing access to the interiors, revealing the backstory, and providing the chance to meet the brilliant minds behind these masterpieces. Architects, builders, and conservationists will be present at various locations, sharing the captivating stories and inspirations that brought these creations to life.

What sets the Sunshine Coast Open House apart is its global connection. As a proud member of the Open House Worldwide network, this event is part of a commendable initiative that originated in London in 1992 and has since expanded to over 50 cities worldwide.

Black Mountain Residence Open at Sunshine Coast Open House
Black Mountain Residence by Morriarchi Architecture. Image: Andy Macpherson Studio

A Word from the Council

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson recently shared his insights on the event. "The community event aims to celebrate the region’s historic, contemporary, and sustainable buildings, as well as provide recognition to the design firms responsible for these innovative projects," he said.

“Our region is well known for its design and architecture,” Jamieson added. “From the coast to the hinterland, we have a history of great design that is acknowledged nationally and internationally. Sunshine Coast design celebrates the region’s unique history and architecture with built form that considers the local climate, prioritises indoor-outdoor living, and maximises living within the landscape. The Sunshine Coast Open House festival offers rare, behind-the-scenes access to the Sunshine Coast’s best buildings, including private homes, corporate buildings, heritage treasures, and sustainable spaces.”

The event's program is set to be officially launched by Queensland governor, Jeannette Young, at the Sunshine Coast City Hall.

Special Events Not to Miss

Tim Ross in the House: On the 5th and 6th of October, Comedian and self-proclaimed architecture nerd Tim Ross of Designing a Legacy fame is coming to the Sunshine Coast to share stories anchored by his passion for Australian architecture and design

Art & Architecture in the Landscape: Art and Architecture in the Landscape is an intimate sneak peek of Eumundi House at Moon Mountain Sanctuary. Hear Architect, Peter Ireland from AJC and see the stunning sculpture garden. This house is open on 22 October.

Open House Designs: From 2nd September to 15th September, between 10-11:30 am, Be inspired by a selection of the region’s architecture and hear behind the scenes stories with Sarah Chalkley and Tony Holzberger, from Council’s Urban Design and Architecture team.

As the Sunshine Coast gears up for this architectural fest, it's an unmissable opportunity for residents and visitors alike. Whether you're an architect, a history buff, a student, or someone with a keen eye for beauty, the Sunshine Coast Open House promises a weekend brimming with inspiration, stories, and awe-inspiring designs. Join the community in celebrating the region's rich history and splendid architecture.

Black Mountain Residence Open at Sunshine Coast Open House
Black Mountain Residence by Morriarchi Architecture. Image: Andy Macpherson Studio