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Windmill Tower is Brisbane's oldest convict built structure and Australia's oldest standing windmill. Image courtesy Brisbane Open House.
Do heritage homes make your heart beat faster? Do churches and cathedrals ring your bell? Or is the elegant sweep of a staircase enough to set you swooning?
If you're an architecture or design enthusiast, you might already be aware that Brisbane Open House 2014 is fast approaching. What you might not know is that organisers are currently calling out for volunteers to help deliver this event - offering you an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with Brisbane's most beautiful, historic, cutting edge or quirky buildings.
Brisbane's Walter Taylor Bridge. Image courtesy Brisbane Open House.
Now in its fifth year, Brisbane Open House 2014 is a free event held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day. This year, more than 90 of Brisbane's best buildings and spaces will throw open their doors to the public. For visitors, it's a great opportunity to glimpse the city's hidden architectural, engineering and historical gems. But for volunteers, there's even more on offer, for you'll truly get to see these buildings from the inside out.
Volunteers also get to share their passion for good design and architecture, and gain satisfaction from knowing they are helping fellow residents get to know some of Brisbane's best-loved buildings a little bit better. And if that's not enough motivation? Volunteers also receive a Brisbane Open House bag, cap, badge and VIP access to the head of the queue for all non-booked sites.
A new system has been introduced this year to make the registration process easier than ever before and let people choose shifts that best suit their schedule.
The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010, attracting more than 12,500 visits, and has continued to grow from there.
St John's Cathedral, designed in a Gothic Revival style, took over 100 years to complete after the first stone was laid in 1901. Image courtesy Brisbane Open House.