This weekend, two of Brisbane’s leading architecture firms open their studios to the public for the annual event Brisbane Open House (BOH).
Held annually in conjunction with World Architecture Day, selected buildings are opened for the public with guided and self-guided tours to encourage them to explore, re-examine and engage with Brisbane's built environment – opening eyes and minds to good design and curious spaces.
Architecture firm bureau^proberts are known for their bespoke designs, and are recognised leaders in large-scale residential and mixed-use developments in Brisbane. Their projects create high interest and resonate with the community and market forces.
Liam Proberts, Managing Director, bureau^proberts, said visitors of BOH can see how they’ve responded to the challenges of the old building with a modern design that creates a flexible, comfortable and sustainable workplace.
“These are the same skills and values that allow us to design projects that meet the needs of the market and developers alike,” Mr Proberts said.
The modern open-plan work environment contrasts with the high-ceilinged heritage space, with materials and detailing clearly differentiating the new from the old. The fit-out incorporates best practice sustainable design and reflects the focus of the practice on innovative and tailored design solutions.
“Visitors can find out how we achieved sustainable design in a heritage building by designing services that improve air quality and minimise energy use, using low Volatile Organic Compound materials, and introducing recycling,” Mr Proberts said.
Another leading firm Wilson Architects is celebrating their 130th year in practice by opening their doors to the public this Saturday and Sunday.
Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director for Wilson Architects said the company thinks this is the perfect time to show some of the treasures they keep in our archives.
“Our practice has been part of the Brisbane landscape since 1884 and we have some great original drawings of places many people will know and relate to,” Mr Wilson said.
“The Translational Research Institute is an excellent example of what can be achieved when government and industry, science and architecture all come together.
“We are excited to be able to welcome everyone to have a rare look at this building on our architect’s tours.”
The inaugural Brisbane Open House was launched in 2010 with great success, attracting more than 12,500 visits and each year