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Sunshine Coast Open House 2021

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Unlocking the architectural wonders of the Sunshine Coast
In these interesting times, how wonderful it is to have something to look forward to. Having been banned from many other States as well as overseas travel, Queenslanders have been exploring their own backyard. Maybe you think you have now seen it all. Well, you are in luck, because after being absent in 2020, Sunshine Coast Open House is throwing open doors and welcoming everyone to join in this festival of all things architectural.



In this, the fourth annual SCOH, twenty-five of the Sunshine Coast's most interesting private and public buildings will be open to the public on the weekend of Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 October 2021. It is a free event stretching from Caloundra to Cooran and from the beachfront to the Hinterland. The buildings include historic, architecturally diverse, well-designed and sustainable buildings. Local architects and volunteers will hold special guided tours designed to inform and entertain.



The weekend begins with a debate on a most controversial topic for a partial biosphere: "Increasing density in existing urban areas is the future for the Sunshine Coast." It will be held Friday 22nd October 2021 from 5.30pm. For further information and booking go to www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au

During the weekend you can participate in architectural heritage discovery tours around Moffatt Beach, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra, the Bankfoot House in Glasshouse Mountains, Palmwoods, and Yandina. Discover special places and learn more about the Sunshine Coast's heritage during these small group walking tours. All tours are FREE. Book your spot via www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au.

SCOH 2021 offers a variety of architectural wonders. Bankfoot House is an example of the mixed use to which buildings of the 1860s were put Cobb and Co coach staging post, lunch stop, post office and accommodation.

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Bankfoot House (from the website)


Guess which is Caloundra's oldest building.

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Caloundra Lighthouses (supplied)


Moffat Beach house is an example of the retention and reuse of a 1950s beach shack.

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Moffat Beach House


USC Art Gallery is a space of exchange where artists, ideas and community come together. Sixty minute tours are available.

Sunshine Coast Open House,2021,USC Art Gallery
USC Art Gallery (supplied)


The 1894 home, Koongalba, in Yandina, was built for the princely sum of twenty-three pounds four shillings and eightpence. Money well spent for a home that has withstood the tests of time.

Sunshine Coast Open House,2021,Koongalba
Koongalba (image supplied)


Bark Studio's steel, glass and plywood construction is set in an inspiring work environment.

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Bark House (image supplied)


Pomona's Majestic Theatre is one of the few pre-World War II picture theatres remaining in Queensland that have not been demolished or adapted to other uses.

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Pomona's Majestic Theatre


The Pomona Railway Station was rescued from demolition by turning it into an art gallery for local artists to display their work, a fitting purpose for a grand old lady of 130 years.

Sunshine Coast Open House,2021,pomona railway Station Art gallery
Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery


Alfredson's joinery in Cooran has also been repurposed. It now houses a craft brewery.

Sunshine Coast Open House,2021,Alfredson's Joinery,Cooran
Alfredson's Joinery



Other activities over the weekend include sketching and your chance to take the winning photo for the most worthwhile photography prize.



Just in case you can't make the journey to the Sunshine Coast to enjoy this architectural extravaganza, you will not miss out completely. The Sunshine Coast Open House inaugural Open Architect Online Series in 2021 is just the answer. The Open Architect videos invite you to take an exclusive and in-depth look at some extraordinary homes. Watch online www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au/open-architect.

To get you in the mood for the Sunshine Coast OH weekend, you may wish to have a free mini-consultation with an architect at Ask an Architect at ACE on Saturday October 9 by booking through www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au/whats-on or join comedian Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th for Man about Lake Weyba House (bookings at www.modernistershows.com/product/man-about-the-lake-weyba).



People wishing to learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House or to volunteer can visit www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au. Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network, founded by Open House London in 1992 and now in 46 cities around the world. Be part of this worldwide phenomenon and plan your weekend to make the most of what is on offer.

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Why? To break the monotony of these interesting times of the Covid virus
When: Mainly October 22-24
Where: Queensland's Sunshine Coast
Cost: Free
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