Sunshine Coast Open House to celebrate local architecture and design

doors for A revived 1960s beach treasure, California Dream-inspired family treehouse and historic residence will be open for public viewing at the 2023 Sunshine Coast Open House.

The 2023 edition of the free architecture and design festival will include tours, talks and rare behind-the-scenes interactive experiences such as a Queensland ‘Draw and Sip’ class and the opportunity for students to become architects for a day.

The festival will also provide a rare opportunity for individuals to meet the people who designed and built these properties.

Properties open for public inspection include Eumundi House designed by Peter Ireland, Banksia House designed by Draghi Majstorovic in Kings Beach, showcasing the architecture in an award-winning garden designed by Kirsty Sheldon, and Hodgson House in Currimundi designed by Laura Hodgson, revealing a modern renovation An old beach. A cottage converted into a family home and art room in Tenbarwah by Bark Architects, shows how a building can be reused and given new life.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the community event aimed to celebrate the region’s historic, contemporary and sustainable buildings, as well as providing recognition to the design firms responsible for innovative projects.

“Our area is known for its design and architecture,” Jamison said. “From the coast to the hinterland, we have a history of great design that is recognized nationally and internationally.

“Sunshine Coast design celebrates the history and unique architecture of the region through a built form that takes into account the local climate, prioritizes indoor-outdoor living and maximizes livability within the landscape. The Sunshine Coast Open House Festival provides rare behind-the-scenes access to the best buildings in Sunshine Coast, including private homes, corporate buildings, heritage treasures and sustainable spaces.

The program will be officially launched by Queensland Governor Janet Young at Sunshine Coast City Hall.

Sunshine Coast Open House committee chair and Clare Design director, Lindsay Clare, urged everyone to attend.

“I invite everyone to visit this year’s collection of well-designed homes and buildings that demonstrate the importance of responsive design for the future of the area. Good design can help reduce the cost of living as you don’t need to live with air conditioning all summer and heating all winter,” said Clare.

“The Sunshine Coast Open House will allow people to tour a selection of historic and architecturally significant buildings as part of the 2023 program as well as attend walking tours, Queensland-focused ‘paint and sip’ events, a heritage conference and library talks featuring stories.” About the Sunshine Coast’s stunning buildings.

Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide network founded by Open House London in 1992.

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