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Sunshine Coast Open House unlocks the Coast's most iconic buildings

Mon Oct 08 2018 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council

The Sunshine Coast’s annual event to unlock the region’s most historic and architecturally interesting buildings, Sunshine Coast Open House, was officially launched at USC’s Art Gallery last week.

Sunshine Coast Open House is a free event on Saturday 20 October that provides a rare opportunity to tour the Coast's most architecturally diverse, contemporary, sustainable and historic buildings.

30 hand-picked buildings from Caloundra, Maroochydore and Nambour to the Hinterland, Peregian, Noosa and Pomona will be open to the public for guided and self-guided tours, opening inquiring eyes and minds to good design and beautiful spaces.

There are five residential buildings to explore with a guided tour, including Gabriel Poole’s Lake Weyba House, the Ridge House, and the Beach Box Buddina. 


Lake Weyba House

A wonderful house of extraordinary design, Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole collaborated to create a place which is empathetic of both the inhabitants and the environment in which the house sits. With considered sustainable design and high functionality, this home speaks of a specific architectural style, of light, and of openness to the unique surrounding landscape.

Pre-booked guided tours are at 1pm and 3pm. Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. 

Ridge House

The Ridge House is situated on the western edge of a 25 acre property on the Blackall Range near Montville. Two carefully composed pavilions are arranged to provide a variety of outdoor spaces and an ascending entry between them. 

Pre-booked guided tours with the architect at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm. Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. 

Beach Box Buddina

The Beach Box Buddina is a modern day beach shack which uses three shipping containers as the primary building blocks. The plan arrangement of the three modules at splayed angles and separated from each other with linking decks and an internal sitting area, create a dynamic and playful series of spaces.

Pre-booked guided tours with the architect at 9.30am, 10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm. Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. 

Visitors can also take a guided or self-guided tour through several commerical and cultural sites, including the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, Grace for Latronic Industries, the Caloundra Lighthouse and one of the region's oldest buildings, the Pioneer Cottage Buderim.

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

The award-winning Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is the first of its kind in Australia. Officially opened in July 2017, the 15MW solar farm boasts 57,850 Photo Voltaic panels and is the first solar farm connected to Energex’s 33KV grid in South East Queensland and the largest solar farm built in South East Queensland. The Solar Farm has allowed Sunshine Coast Council to proactively take control of its electricity supply and become Australia’s first local government to offset its entire electricity consumption from renewable energy.

Pre-booked, guided Solar Farm tour, departing by bus from The Old Ambulance Station in Nambour. Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. 


Grace for Latronic Industries

Amazing “Grace” has transformed a derelict long-unloved contaminated site and given a new lease of life to an old seaside industrial estate by brightly showcasing the best in Sustainable Cleantech Design and Manufacturing. The building is designed to respond and mitigate climate changes over seasons and for years into the future.

Pre-booked guided tours with the architect at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm. Bookings open on Wednesday 10 October at 9am. 

Caloundra Lighthouse

The Caloundra Lighthouses mark the entry to the North West Channel, the main shipping route into Brisbane. There are spectacular views to the shipping channel, Moreton Island and the Glass House Mountains. Caloundra’s European history is closely linked to the story of the lighthouses, and the two buildings provide evidence of the history of lighthouses from both ends of the time scale.

10am - 4pm (no booking required)

Pioneer Cottage Buderim

Pioneer Cottage Buderim is an example of early settlement of Buderim as an agricultural area, based originally on the cultivation and processing of sugar cane. The cottage was erected for Buderim settlers John Kerle Burnett, his wife Ann North and their family by Harry Board, on 20 acres selected in 1878 for £15. Constructed of pit sawn timber it functions as a house museum and headquarters of the Buderim Historical Society. 

9am–4pm (no booking required)

You can book all tours on the Sunshine Coast Open House website here.

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.”

Sunshine Coast Open House is part of the Open House Worldwide family – a network of 30+ Open House cities globally – and is presented by Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Committee. It receives support from the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy.

Visitors will enjoy discovering long-kept secrets behind some of the region’s iconic buildings thanks to a number of renowned Sunshine Coast architects and informed volunteers holding special guided tours.

People wishing to volunteer or learn more about Sunshine Coast Open House can visit