Brisbane Open House 2019
Take a peek inside 119 of Brisbane’s prominent and landmark buildings for free on the 10th annual Brisbane Open House weekend.
The 2019 program is is granting visitors unprecedented access to Brisbane's historic, contemporary and architecturally significant buildings, with more than 60 events and walking tours throughout, and leading up to, the festival on Oct 12-13.
Brisbane’s rich cultural and creative roots will be on display through a variety of events, including concerts workshops, BOH After Dark events, walking tours; and now the addition of the international lecture to the Speaker Series.
BOH launches with an After Dark event at the Australian Institute of Architects in South Brisbane, featuring a specially curated exhibition of hand drawings of key buildings which have participated in BOH over the years($10pp). Other special After Dark events in the lead-up to the weekend festival include the Eisenmenger House After Dark, Bakery Lane After Dark and Clock Tower After Dark.
New additions to this year's buildings will be 25 King St; Adderton House (All Hallows' Convent); Brisbane Racing Club; Ryan Street Library; Wickham Terrace Car Park and Mercedes Benz Lifestyle Precinct.
Whilst most buildings open on the weekend of Oct 12-13 are walk-ins, some are only available as pre-booked guided tours. These include The Old Windmill Tower, Craigston, Tattersall's Club, Sky Tower (Brisbane's tallest building), Howard Smith Wharves, New Farm Cottage, One Room Tower, Walter Taylor Bridge, Bardon House, Brisbane Airport & Yeronga House. Full list here.
A great way to take in the buildings and points of interest in any one area and their history, culture and stories is to join an informative Walking Tour, with choices such as Public Art, City of Lights, Toowong Cemetery, New Farm Art Deco, King Street, Fish Lane, Aboriginal Cultural and City Centre Heritage Tours. There's also a Toowong or Mt Gravatt Cemetery Bus Tour as well as a Bridges by Bike tour.
Other BOH events include free concerts in historic places courtesy of Bands in Parks, who this year will be performing at Old Government House, St Johns Cathedral and Fort Lytton National Park.
BOH Chair and Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton said he is thrilled to announce a new signature event to the already extensive programme, BOH International Lecture: Shaping Singapore.
“The lecture will explore the architectural trends, long term planning and collaboration of projects in South East Asia and discover what lessons we can learn and apply here in Brisbane.
“We are delighted to announce Charu Kokate, Principal and Director of Safdie Architects in Singapore as our inaugural guest lecturer.”
*While Brisbane Open House is mostly free to attend, there are a few concerts and events which require ticket purchase.
Nice to know - Brisbane open House has a fantastic set of maps with suggested self-guided walks in the various neighbourhoods and suburbs. There will also BOH info booths in the Queen Street Mall (at the Edward Street end) from 9am to 4pm over the BOH weekend.
Need to know - Guided tours fill up quickly as do dedicated building tours. Bookings for building tours are open on Sep 27.
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