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Gold Coast Open House

HOTA, Home of the Arts
The Official Home of Gold Coast Open House Festival of Architecture 2021

In May 2021 HOTA celebrated the opening of the largest regional gallery in Australia, with bright and bold architecture in true Gold Coast style. HOTA is proud to now be the new home of Gold Coast Open House and their Festival of Architecture in October 2021. We look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors to HOTA for the week long festival showcasing our city’s diverse architecture and stunning locations. The HOTA Arts & Cultural Precinct is a celebration of unique architecture in our own right and we look forward to hosting our own section of the festival highlighting the Chevron Island Green Bridge, the Outdoor Stage and incredible HOTA Gallery.

Presented by Gold Coast Open House

What is Gold Coast Open House?

Gold Coast Open House Architecture Festival is a not-for-profit incorporated association run by a volunteer committee of dedicated architects, built environment professionals and Gold Coast citizens,

Their Vision

To increase engagement between design professionals, residents and visitors through the promotion of both the contemporary and historical architectural and design attractions of the city.

To promote public awareness of the diverse range of professions who contribute and collaborate in creating and protecting Gold Coast’s architectural and design attractions.

To be a not-for-profit organisation, separate from political ties and professional institutions, established to organise the Open House event. The organisation must be part of or involved within architecture or the built environment sector.

To provide free entry to all buildings taking part in the Open House and no mandatory charge to be made to building owners to participate.

Their Mission

To maintain the core values of Open House worldwide of;


Facilitating opportunities for a city’s inhabitants to experience architecture to demonstrate that well-designed cities can improve people’s lives. Offering the opportunity to experience high quality design across ages, styles, and typology, enables understanding of the value good design in its broadest sense. Initiating direct experience of the city, rather than mediated experience, is critical. Offering free entry to all events enables as wide an audience as possible to participate regardless of age, gender, socio-economic level, level of education, or architectural expertise.


These direct experiences generate potential for people to engage in dialogue about the value of architecture and share their knowledge.
Creating an accessible and independent platform bridges the gap between experts and users.
It gives permission for everyone (including government, private organisations, professional institutions, and the public) to exchange views, comment and engage in the discussion, a true dialogue.


Offering experiences and encouraging dialogue about architecture and urban design creates awareness that the public has a stake in the design, development and care of its city.
The city is a ‘shared’ space that is co-created and the city’s inhabitants have the power to change the city development.


Fostering understanding about the value of a well-designed city and the role of its inhabitants in its creation encourages them to advocate for a well-designed built environment.
This includes how architecture addresses environmental, social and economic sustainability, and how ‘people-centred’ design can optimise the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

Ticketing Information

For information on the full program and to register for tickets please go to the Gold Coast Open House Website.

The following Gold Coast Open House 2021 events will be held at HOTA, Home of the Arts  

Mon Oct 11th 2021 | Panel Event | 5pm – 6pm
“How is architecture shaping the Gold Coast Coastline”
Presented by Cottee Parker

Tue Oct 12th 2021 | Panel Event | 5pm – 6pm
“How can architects help fight climate change?”
Presented by The Australian Institute of Architects

Wed Oct 13th 2021 | Panel Event | 5pm – 6pm
“Why study architecture?”
Presented by Bond University and Griffith University

Thur Oct 14th 2021 | Panel Event | 5pm – 6pm
“ Why is town planning so important”
Presented by Minter Ellison

Fri Oct 15th 2021 | Panel Event | 5pm – 6pm
“What are the benefits of using an architect?”
Presented by The Australian Institute of Architects

Sat Oct 16th 2021 | Film Screening and Q & A | 4pm – 5.30pm
Campgrounds By Design
Featuring O’Reilly’s Camp Kitchen, Lamington National Park By Aspect Architecture
Featuring Broken Camp, Broken Head By Atelier Luke

Sun Oct 17th 2021 | Film Screening and Q & A | 2pm – 3.30pm
The Affordable Homes Documentary
Theatre 2
Presented by Anna O’Gorman and COX

Sun Oct 17th 2021 | Cultural Precinct Guided Tour | 2pm – 3.30pm
Presented by HOTA, ARM and ARUP

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