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Architectural marvels and heritage gems open their doors for one day

Gold Coast Open House | October 2018

The fourth annual Gold Coast Open House program is bigger than ever before with 39 buildings and places plus four guided walking tours on Saturday 27 October 2018.

This year’s program sees some favourites return for the fourth consecutive year, a few that are back after a year or two’s absence, and 14 new venues to explore.

There are two new guided walking tours this year – one that celebrates the history and heritage of Mudgeeraba; the other is a walking tour at Pacific Fair.

Newcomers to the inspiring workplace category are architectural firm DBI, who relocated to the site of the old Trocadero nightclub in 2008, redesigning the space in spectacular fashion.

A few items from the old club décor remain to ensure the office’s colourful past is not forgotten.

Those who visit DBI can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of DBI’s work on the Spirit development, which is taking shape right next door.

Always the most popular places on the program are private residences and this year there are four homes (Tallai, Currumbin Waters, Broadbeach Waters and Paradise Waters), as well as an apartment and a micro urban village at Southport.

Tours of Main Beach’s stunning beachfront apartments designed by architect Virginia Kerridge will undoubtedly be highly sought-after by those who have wandered past them and dreamt of owning one.

Also amongst the newcomers will be guided tours at The Star Gold Coast, guided tours at Southern Cross University and Griffith University’s Aquatic Centre and Fitness Facility, Marina Concourse development at Benowa and Rockcote’s multi-environmental-award-winning centre at Carrara.

There are two new heritage gems – The Residence and Mr PP’s (1908) and the Southport Bathing Pavilion (1934) – for those who wish to step back in time to the early days of Southport.

Gold Coast Little Theatre will offer guided tours where you can learn about its history that dates back to the ‘50s or step into the new century at the Jewel Development, where you can don a high vis vest and hard hat and journey onto the ground floor podium to learn more about this amazing development.

Visit www.goldcoastopenhouse.com.au for the full program or more information on tours that require pre-registration.

Online registrations are also open for Gold Coast Open House’s free fringe event, the ArchiFlix film night at The Star on Saturday 20 October.

Enjoy a curated selection of films, followed by a panel discussion. Pre-registrations are essential for ArchiFlix.

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