Each year Sunshine Coast Open House (SCOH) shines a spotlight on some of the most significant, interesting, historic and cutting-edge buildings and places on the Sunshine Coast. In 2020, the tradition of opening the doors for a weekend in October was not possible, so instead the focus was on some quality digital and virtual experiences to share with the Sunshine Coast Community and beyond. 

Sunshine Coast Open House Virtual Talk

On Saturday 24 October Sunshine Coast Open House hosted a live panel discussion that explored the design principles behind great, responsive design and built projects on the Sunshine Coast. 

Moderated by architect Phil Smith, the talk featured Lindy Atkin from Bark Design Architects; architect Tim Bennetton from Tim Bennetton Architects; Dan Sparks from Sparks Architects; Phil Jackson from Guymer Bailey; Norman Richards from Norman Richards Building Design; and Sarah Chalkley from Sunshine Coast Council Design and Placemaking Services.

Live streamed from inside the historic Bankfoot House and Mary Grigor Centre, the discussion focused on how these architects and designers respond to the special character on the Sunshine Coast through a place-based approach. 

You can watch the Sunshine Coast Open House Virtual Talk here. 

Sunshine Coast Design Clips

These inspiring clips have been produced by the Sunshine Coast Council Design and Placemaking Branch to demonstrate and reinforce the 10 design principles featured in the Sunshine Coast Design book. 

Sunshine Coast Design is a hard cover book that has been developed to help educate, inspire, and encourage design that protects and enhances all that the community loves about the Sunshine Coast. The book is the first instalment of the Sunshine Coast Design Strategy which includes a suite of tools to help design homes, buildings, parks, public spaces, streets and neighbourhoods. 

The four projects featured in the Sunshine Coast Design Clips highlight the applicability of the principles across different development scales and the variety of design and built outcomes possible. They demonstrate what the design principles look like and explain why.

Sunshine Coast Open House was delighted to help launch these videos, encourage responsive design, and celebrate great design. 

The Sunshine Coast Open House Virtual Talk on 24 October was presented by Sunshine Coast Council Design and Placemaking Services, Environment and Sustainability Policy, and the Cultural Heritage Levy and Branch, in partnership with SCOH. 

The four buildings are (click through and watch the videos):

  • Two Tree House, Buderim (Bark Architects) - designed for the steep site and subtropical climate, this house cantilevers over the northern escarpment of Buderim mountain to embrace the view, breeze and indoor-outdoor living. 
  • Moffat Beach House (Tim Bennetton Architects) - This innovative renovation and extension to a 1950's beach house retains its distinctive, relaxed beach house style while featuring improved functionality, comfort and storage.
  • True North, Maroochydore (Sparks Architects) - Essentially a large beach house in an urban setting, True North is a sustainable apartment complex in a prime waterfront position at the newly developed master planned Sunshine Cove. 
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre, Maleny (Guymer Bailey Architects and Norman Richards Building Design + Interiors) - The award-winning building contains a pioneering exhibition and interpretation centre, cafe, Glass House Mountains viewing deck and theatrette. In response to the setting, the architecture seeks to recede and allow the landscape to dominate the site. 

Explore how the Sunshine Coast lifestyle and environment has influenced building design. The film features interviews with local architects Dan Sparks from Sparks Architects, Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie from Bark Design Architects, and James Birrell from Birrell Design Lab.