Open house sure to delight
A range of the Coast’s best buildings open to public
MANY of the buildings we drive past every day are full of a rich history just waiting to be explored.
While we usually don’t give these buildings much thought, the inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House event seeks to change that.
On October 21, 30 historical and contemporary buildings will be open for the public to explore ranging from churches to libraries to galleries.
Some buildings require bookings so head to www.sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au for more information.
These are 11 interesting buildings we suggest you check out on the day:
Butter Factory Arts Centre
This building had its beginnings as the Cooroy Sawmill, established in 1903 by the Straker family.
The rise of settling families working as timber getters and farmers for the various hardwoods processed at the site meant a milk-processing site needed to be created.
And so the Butter Factory was born.
When the mill closed in 2000 the Cooroy Future Group and the Noosa Council saved a number of buildings including the Boiler House were saved.
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Opened in 2000 as the flagship visual art space of the Coast, Bark Design Architects won a competition to design the building which was the first project the firm took on.
The gallery curators and education staff develop exhibitions and public programs which explore not only the character of the Coast, but Australia as a whole.
Mike Ahern Centre
Home to 8600sq m of government offices, the Mike Ahern Centre is green in more than just colour.
The Green Building Council of Australia recognised the project for ‘world leadership’ in sustainable office design.
Built in 1911, Nambour’s landmark – the Club Hotel – burnt down during a main street fire in the 1930s, but was reconstructed in the art deco style it maintains to this day.
The first floor is now home to The Boarding Office which is a co-shared office space.
With many claims to fame, such as Australia’s longest operating picture theatre and the world’s longest operating silent film theatre, the Majestic Theatre has been entertaining audiences young and old since 1921.
Although it’s been extensively restored and refurbished, it remains rare and unique and has hosted dances, balls concerts, weddings, rollerskating, boxing and church services.
Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct
This heritage-listed property is the oldest surviving residence in the Glasshouse Mountains.
Originally built in 1868, a new building was constructed from beech, cedar and pit-sawn timber in 1878.
The original portion was demolished in 1930 due to foundation damage with some timbers reused for an extension.
St Joseph’s Church
The original timber church was built on the site in 1890 on a five-acre parcel of land donated by Daniel Currie, but was wiped out in the Nambour fires of 1946.
Refurbishment was undertaken in 2000, but the church still retains the majority of its styling from its 1950 reconstruction.
Gregson & Weight Buderim Chapel Complex
Created by Crossley Architects, the non-denominational buildings were built with the central axis of the main chapel on an east west alignment to celebrate the symbolism of the rising and setting sun.
Recently finished for a young family, Avonlea was named after the Queenslander which stood on the site for more than 100 years before burning down in 2009.
The open-plan home features red earth walls, and a long, linear structure accented by steel and glass.
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre
Perched on the edge of the reserve, visitors to the centre can learn about remnant rainforest and endangered species through the living museum of flora and fauna.
In line with the sustainable message encouraged by the centre, the building is largely naturally ventilated, naturally lit, captures all its own water and treats wastewater on site.
Library, University of the Sunshine Coast
Rejecting the library tradition of an internal building, architect John Mainwaring and Associates created the USC library to be an open space. Utilising rotating roof skillions, the building includes an open-plan research space, herbarium, computer labs and private study spaces.
COME ALL: The Majestic Theatre has been entertaining audiences young and old since 1921 and will be part of next weekends Open House event.
Butter Factory Arts Centre.
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Discovery Centre.
Caloundra Regional Gallery.
Gregson and Weight Buderim Chapel Complex.
St Joseph’s Church.
Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct.
Mike Ahern Centre.