What to check out at this year’s Gold Coast Open House

Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, workplaces and interesting places and spaces which rarely open to the public. But with a program of 56 spots to visit, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with choice.

If you’re keen to check out some of the city’s most fascinating spots but don’t know where to start, we’ve listed three of our “must-dos” below.

COHORT is a colourful building that has much to say about the future of work. The former Commonwealth Games athletes village hair salon, corner shop, police station, media store and rooftop bar has been transformed into a contemporary co-work office space. It is a launch pad for health and tech startups, creatives, innovators, new businesses, budding entrepreneurs and their mentors. There are co-working desks, private offices, meeting rooms, boardrooms, event space, podcast room and webinar studio, outdoor gym, bike racks, and even showers and lockers.

Find it at 16 Nexus Way, Southport, on your way to explore the Gold Coast’s newest residential community Smith Collective. The Parklands village was masterplanned, designed and delivered in time to house 6500 athletes and team officials. The multiple award-winning urban centre reimagines the idea of renters’ community. One-hour guided tours leave from 1 Village Boulevard – near the fountain – at 10am, 11.30am and 1pm to explore the parklands, an apartment and a townhouse.

From modern to vintage, The Village BNB is a heritage home constructed circa 1907 at Mudgeeraba. A sympathetic renovation celebrates the history of the old Queenslander formerly known as Somerset House. It retains original features including a fireplace and wrap around verandahs while incorporating modern conveniences. The Starkey Room, named after Mudgeeraba pioneer John Starkey, has polished timber floorboards and double stained glass doors.

Gold Coast Open House takes place on 19 October 2019. Check out the full program and register for your spots at goldcoastopenhouse.com.au. IMAGE (c) John Gollings

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