School of Architecture

Monday 10 September 2018

Aboriginal scholar, Alex Bond, will lead UQ's Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Walks, just one of the activities available to the public as part of this year's Brisbane Open House.

Brisbane Open House (BOH) is launching its largest program yet, with 114 buildings on display, and more than 50 events and walking tours throughout, and leading up to, the festival weekend – 13/14 October. 

BOH is entering its ninth year encouraging the community to explore the old and new of the city’s unique architectural landscapes, set against the iconic spring backdrop of Brisbane’s blooming jacarandas.

The University of Queensland is proud to support Brisbane Open House in 2018 by offering free guided walking tours through some of Brisbane's most significant precincts and buildings. This year, the public can join tours which explore the Aboriginal cultural landscape of Brisbane City and its surrounds, discover UQ's Post War Heritage buildings at the St Lucia campus or tour key architectural projects by Robin Gibson and Partners' throughout the CBD. 

BOH Chair and Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton believes BOH helps deepen people’s understanding of Brisbane by encouraging them to engage with the city’s unique built environment.

“Brisbane Open House 2018 will unveil some of Brisbane’s best kept secrets across a variety of different categories, including award winning architectural gems, heritage heroes, hidden treasures, creative studios and vast views,” Mr Middleton said.

Following more than 67,000 visits last year, BOH 2018 will this year open 114 of the city’s most-loved and admired buildings, combined with new experiences, tours and activities.

The festival is sure to please all visitors’ appetites, from architectural enthusiasts to families and everyone in-between.

This year promises to unlock inspiring and exciting new buildings including:

  • Award-winning Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie);
  • Flight Centre;
  • Government Printery Office;
  • Skytower;
  • Mt Crosby Pumping Station; and
  • The Tivoli; as well returning favourites:
  • Brisbane City Hall;
  • Spring Hill Baths;
  • Peters Ice Cream Factory;
  • Miegunyah House;
  • Archerfield Airport, and many more.

BOH will also showcase Brisbane’s rich cultural and creative roots, showcasing a variety of events, from concerts to local designer-led workshops to walking tours and the annual Speaker Series.

The Speaker Series invites Brisbane to join architects, designers, planners and professionals in conversation - exploring what influences the shape, experiences and growth of our city and its buildings.

This year the festival will include a new event series, ‘BOH After Dark’.

“BOH After Dark is a series of events inviting you to experience the city in a different light, with various conversations and activities held in thrilling locations ‘after dark’,” Mr Middleton said.

“We are proud to deliver an enhanced program of events to provide all of Brisbane with an opportunity to explore the fabric of our great city. With 114 buildings, 30 events and more than 20 walking tours, Brisbane Open House is once again offering unparalleled access to our city.”

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