Open house sure to de­light

A range of the Coast’s best build­ings open to pub­lic

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHLOE LYONS chloe.lyons@sc­

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.sun­shinecoastopen­ 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.

Club Ho­tel

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.

Ma­jes­tic Theatre

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.


Club Ho­tel.



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