Gold Coast Open House 2020 is doing things differently this year

Gold Coast Open House is just a couple of days away, kicking off this Saturday morning with a unique virtual event.

The popular Gold Coast architectural event has moved online for its 2020 incarnation, with a range of exciting events on offer. Check out the events below that will be open for exploration over the weekend:

Houses Awards House of the Year 2020

Watch a film about the multi-award-winning Cantala House at Miami, followed by a Q&A session with the architect, Matthew Eagle.
Saturday 17 October at 3pm
Register online by Friday 16 October
The GCOH Emerging Architects Bursary

The GCOH Emerging Architects Bursary was awarded for the first time this year to help build the profile of four young Gold Coast and Northern Rivers architects. The bursary enabled the architects to work with a producer to create a professional video about a recent project. The inaugural sponsor of the Bursary, Gold Coast architect Philip Follent, said this initiative provides a platform to showcase their work through Gold Coast Open House and also use the videos on social media or their websites. Be sure to check out their work at the GCOH website this weekend.

Students shine in series of short films

A virtual event presents the opportunity to welcome the next generation of architects, with Bond and Griffith University students contributing to the program. The future of Gold Coast architecture and urban design is in their hands, and after considering what has been produced by these students, we hope you agree. It’s in safe hands!

Griffith University School of Film also contributed films about a diverse collection of Gold Coast landmarks including Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Pink Hotel Coolangatta and
Smith Collective. If there is a budding architect or filmmaker in the family, they will be super inspired by what these amazing students have produced. Perhaps it will be the catalyst for a future career in architecture.

Step inside Buchan’s Virtual Gallery

There’s no question that 2020 has seen an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From Zoom meetings to family Messenger chat groups, our interaction with the built environment is no longer confined to the tangible. Instead we have the freedom to explore structures – both real and imagined – virtually. Buchan’s Virtual Gallery examines this concept, allowing visitors to step inside and explore a structure which only exists online. The Virtual Gallery breathes new life into architecture through digital mediums. Move through the curated spaces and engage with a range of artistic mediums created by Buchan’s talented staff and take a 3D tour of their Gold Coast studio. Buchan’s Virtual Gallery is LIVE on the GCOH website from Saturday.

Focus on Architecture Photography Competition

The GCOH Focus on Architecture photography competition returns, with the chance to share in $1000 in prizes and a workshop with professional photographer, Peter Thiedeke. This year, entries must be inspired by, and relate to, the Open House founder’s vision: “Well-designed buildings and public spaces are vital in creating and sustaining a vibrant and equitable city and Open House enables the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgments about their future city’s environment.” VICTORIA THORNTON OBE, HON FRIBA, OPEN HOUSE FOUNDER

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a photo of your interpretation of Victoria’s vision – a well-designed Gold Coast building, place or space which are part of your GCOH 2020 experience.
2. Submit to Instagram using the hashtag #gcoh2020, followed by your category. Each photo must carry two hashtags: #gcoh2020 and one of the following: #gcoh2020jnr, #gcoh2020open or #gcoh2020pro. The Junior category is for school students 17 years and under; Open Amateur for adult photographers; and Professional for photographers who practise commercially.
3. Tag @goldcoastopenhouse and @peter_thiedeke, then tag two friends.
4. Upload your image at high resolution via the GCOH website for the final jury determination. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 25 October.
Good luck! The winners will be announced on Monday 2 November.

Gold Coast architects on show

The skill of talented Gold Coast and Northern Rivers’ architects is on display in a series of nine short films. Good architecture maintains its value, gets the practicalities right and adds immeasurable richness to all aspects of life in your new home. Watching these films gives you the unique opportunity to see how architects work, view their projects and be amazed by their clever and thoughtful design decisions.

AIA award-winners gallery

A photo gallery of 10 Australian Institute of Architects regional award-winning private homes and public buildings is live on the website from Saturday morning. See the work of Gold Coast and Northern Rivers architects on display, including Diesel’s House by Symbiosphere, Serene Living Stage 2 by Shane Thompson Architects and Mermaid Beach Residence by BE Architecture.

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