Brisbane Open House (BOH) returns this year, opening the doors of 71 architecturally diverse buildings around the city to visitors and locals from 12 to 13 October 2013.

This year’s program divides the city into the north, east, west and South Bank. Amongst cathedrals, public spaces, private residences, and heritage jewels like the Brisbane Clock Tower, design excellence of newer buildings will also be showcased.

This includes One One One Eagle Street, the ABC headquarters, and the Global Change Institute, all of which are exemplars of sustainable building design. Both self-guided and architect-guided tours will be available over the weekend.

The 2013 BOH will also be launching the inaugural Art in Design Exhibition, which will feature a variety of creative responses to Brisbane’s urban environment, and enable visitors to see the city through the work of local design professionals who also maintain a fine art practice.

Designed to look at the creative thought process within professional practice, the exhibition will profile the works of 11 leading Queensland designers, architects, landscape architects and artists at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Brisbane office.

The ABC Headquarters, Brisbane

On 12 October, the Speaker Series will be held at King George Square with talks by influential and interesting people passionate about Brisbane running from 3.30pm to 6pm. This includes Malcom Middleton, a Queensland Government Architect, architect James Russell, and Brooke Williams and Amy Grey, who are both urban designers and from U.R{BNE}.

The “Focus on Architecture” photography competition, which is open to everyone interested in architecture and architectural photography, and an Instagram Competition, which welcomes entries from all visitors, are other key events on the program list.

OneOneOne Eagle Street

In 2013, only 14 of the 71 participating buildings will require bookings. These pre-bookings, applicable to buildings such as the Translational Research Institute, and Brisbane City Hall, are necessary as the sites are either small, or have restrictions on the amount of people that can fit in the space at one time, or have limited tour capacity.

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