THINGS TO DO: Sunshine Coast Open House 2018

25 September 2018

Curious about the secrets behind the Sunshine Coast's most interesting buildings?

Sunshine Coast Open House is a free event which provides visitors with the rare opportunity to tour architecturally diverse, contemporary, sustainable and historic buildings from Caloundra, Maroochydore and Nambour to the Hinterland, Peregian, Noosa and Pomona. 

Visitors can discover long-kept secrets behind some of the region’s iconic buildings such as Gabriel Poole’s Lake Weyba House, Caloundra’s Lighthouses and Events Centre and one of the region’s oldest building’s Buderim Pioneer Cottage, thanks to a number of renowned Sunshine Coast architects and informed volunteers holding special guided tours. 

30 hand-picked buildings were opening and offering guided and self-guided tours with the aim of encouraging the general public to explore, re-examine and engage with the region’s built environment – opening inquiring eyes and minds to good design and beautiful spaces, explained Sunshine Coast Open House Committee Chair and Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Chair Adrian Just.

“Locals and visitors will have a range of new and exciting buildings to visit and they can also rediscover their favourites from last year,” Mr Just said. 

Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Open House was a great opportunity to view the region’s diverse and innovative sub-tropical architecture from a new perspective. 

“This year’s free event, partly funded by council’s Heritage Levy, is sure to build on the wonderful success of last year’s inaugural Open House,” Mayor Jamieson said. 

“Open House gives us the chance to learn more about our Sunshine Coast – our history and our future aspirations – and how architecture and design have contributed to the healthy, smart, creative region we know today. 
“This year we will be able to enjoy a snapshot of the evolution of Sunshine Coast architecture with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s through to some award-winning cutting edge designs of recent years. The doors will be unlocked, come step inside,” he said. 

Noosa Council Cr Ingrid Jackson said she was delighted that Sunshine Coast Open House is now in its second year and that it is a Sunshine Coast wide effort, including the support of both Sunshine Coast and Noosa Councils.

“Open House gives the public the opportunity to enjoy and enhance their appreciation of our unique regional architectural vernacular and the value of a well-designed built environment.” 

2018 Sunshine Coast Open House Building List 

Pomona 
1. The Majestic Theatre 
2. Pomona Fire and Rescue Station 
3. Pomona Railway Station Gallery 

Cooroy / Noosa / Peregian 
4. Butter Factory Arts Centre 
5. Cooroy Library 
6. Cooroy Lower Mill Site: Boiler House and Kilns 
7. Bark Studio 
8. Lake Weyba House (booking required) 
9. Sunshine Beach House (booking required) 
10. Noosa Pengari Steiner School 
11. Peregian Beach Digital Hub 

Yandina / Nambour 
12. Sunshine Coast Solar Farm (booking required) 
13. The Old Ambulance Station 

Hinterland 
14. Mapleton Men’s Shed 
15. Ridge House (booking required) 
16. Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct 

Maroochydore / Buderim / Buddina 
17. ABC Sunshine Coast 
18. Beach Box Buddina 
19. Cotton Tree Pilot Housing Project (booking required) 
20. Montessori International College 
21. Pioneer Cottage Buderim 
22. Stella Maris Catholic Church, Maroochydore 

Sippy Downs 
USC (University of the Sunshine Coast) 
23. Art Gallery (self-guided access and pre-booked tour) 
24. Building H2 (Engineering Learning Hub) (self-guided access and pre-booked tour) 
25. Library (self-guided access and pre-booked tour) 
26. Youi HQ 

Caloundra 
27. Caloundra Lighthouses 
28. Caloundra Regional Gallery 
29. The Events Centre Caloundra 
30. Grace for Latronic Industries (booking required) 

To find out more, head to www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au.

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