OK, stop what you are doing right now! It’s time to plan which buildings you’ll visit at this year’s Brisbane Open House (BOH)!

BOH is on again for two days: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October. This year there are 100 buildings on offer, the biggest number in the event’s history. So if you think you have covered everything in previous years, there are sure to be a couple of new gems to experience.

Leading up to the weekend is a large number of talks and events including a built-environment focused Pecha Kucha at Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday 20 February from 8:20pm where you’ll hear from local artists, architects, planners and even Brisbane’s own film location scout.

TOP PICKS FOR 2016

Below is a list of my recommendations for the weekend. As there are quite a few new buildings this year, I have focused on these and other new ones on my ‘to-do’ list:

480 QUEEN STREET by BVN Architects 

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH on Wickham Terrace

ABC SOUTHBANK by Kirk Architects

UQ ORAL HEALTH CENTRE on Herston Road

FARRELL STREET HOUSE by James Russell Architect 

Some buildings require tickets that are pre-booked and bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be released this coming Wednesday 21 September at 10am… refresh, refresh, refresh!

ARCHIBALD STREET HOUSE* by Kevin O’Brien Architects

BAYSIDE FIRE STATION* by Owen Architecture

GARDEN ROOM HOUSE* by Caroline Stalker

IN-BETWEEN ROOM* by Phorm Architecture + Design

OLD FAVOURITES

If you are new to BOH, you can’t go past the following favourites:

CRAIGSTON apartments

MASONIC TEMPLE on Ann Street

SPRING HILL RESERVOIRS on Wickham Terrace

ECOSCIENCES PRECINCT by Hassell

M3 ARCHITECTURE studio space

TRI* by Donovan Hill & Wilsons Architects

TATTERSALL’s CLUB* on Queen Street

TORBRECK* by Job & Froud Architects

D HOUSE* by Donovan Hill

LEFTOVER SPACE HOUSE* by Vallance Architects

*pre-booked tickets

REGIONAL OPEN HOUSE WEEKENDS

Don’t forget there are other regional centres in Queensland that are also celebrating their local buildings through an open house event including Maryborough this Saturday:

MARYBOROUGH OPEN HOUSE: 24 & 25 September 2016

BUNDABERG OPEN HOUSE: 3 & 4 October 2016

CAIRNS OPEN HOUSE: 9 October 2016

GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE: 5 November 2016

TOOWOOMBA OPEN HOUSE: May 2017

What building will you be visiting at this year’s Brisbane Open House? Or what building do you wish to see that didn’t make this year’s event?

State Library of Queensland will also be opening its doors with pre-booked guided tours. Bookings are essential and tickets will be released from 21 September at 10 am here.

References

Brisbane Open House

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Image: Farrell Street House by James Russell Architect. Photo by Toby Scott
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