Brisbane Open House 2014

One day last year, I scooted around Brisbane checking out some fascinating homes and buildings on the Brisbane Open House day.

The 2014 program has been announced and once again, I am really looking forward to checking out some of the homes and buildings that will be open over the weekend

Brisbane Open House 2014

On the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014, you have the chance to discover some of Brisbane’s diverse architecture and heritage buildings during the Brisbane Open House program.

Last year, I visited a varied range of properties that were open over the weekend from historic apartment buildings, an old bakery converted to office space and an iconic mid century furniture store.

Brisbane Open House - Landscapology Studio at Craigston .  Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Brisbane Open House – Landscapology Studio at Craigston . Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

If I had to pick a favourite, I would say the Craigston apartments would be on the top of my list.

From the basement studio of Amalie Wright and Richard Buchanan to the 7th floor apartment that left me thinking I had been to New York, I was completely enamoured by this breathtaking piece of Brisbane’s history.

 

Apartment at Craigston House - viewed during Brisbane Open House. Photo - Elizabeth Santillan
Apartment at Craigston House – viewed during Brisbane Open House. Photo – Elizabeth Santillan

 

This historic building was a complete surprise as I had no idea of what to expect and was able to view a such a diverse range of spaces and learn about some of the unique features that are contained inside the walls of Craigston.

So, that was last year – what about this year?

This year, Brisbane Open House will feature around 90 homes, buildings and structures throughout the weekend program.  Some were open last year, and there are some exciting new additions to the schedule.

I’m keen to see the Railton House and office at Spring Hill as well as the Christian Street residence at Clayfield.  I’ll probably have a wander around the Valley and look at some inspiring office spaces and would love to see inside the walls of Meigunyah, at Bowen Hills and the Spring Hill Baths.

If you want to see what spaces an architect would visit, take a look at John Ellway’s blog post, citing his picks for the 2014 program.

 

Image via Brisbane Open House
Image via Brisbane Open House

 

There is also a children’s program and some of the spaces will have different things to engage and inspire (or distract!?) your little ones.

Despite having a child-free look around last year, I grabbed one of the children’s booklets and happily inspired a mini architect-in-training, who drafted plans for an amazing apartment building, complete with a roof terrace.

That’s my girl.

What is on your list for the Brisbane Open House 2014 program? 

Let me know if there are any places I should add to my list!

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