Explore the Best of Fortitude Valley Architecture on Brisbane Open House

Fortitude Valley is home to some of the most fascinating buildings in Brisbane. On Brisbane Open House, locals and tourists will have a chance to learn more about some of the top architectural structures in the suburb.

Brisbane Open House will be on 7 and 8 October 2017. It is a free public event designed to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at interesting architectural structures in Brisbane.

Some 90 buildings will open their doors to the public. They include charming small spaces as well as historical industrial and heritage architectural icons.

Among the buildings that will be featured are in Fortitude Valley: 4ZZZ, Vee Design Studio, Brickworks Design Studio, and Central Village Heritage Precinct.


Address:  Enter via 291 Street Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Date: Saturday 7 October 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Guided tours every 30 minutes
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Housed in a mural and graffiti-decorated brick building, the 4ZZZ station was once the headquarters of the Australian Communist Party (ACP) – Queensland Chapter. It was attacked by alleged Neo-Nazis in 1969 and 1972.

In the 1980s, the ACP hosted punk gigs on the top floor of the three-story building. That was the start of the evolution of the 4ZZZ broadcasting station, which provides a radical alternative to mainstream media and promotes activism and engagement in the community.

Central Village Heritage Precinct

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Address:  Cnr Trinity Street and Diggles Close, Fortitude Valley
Date: Saturday 7 October 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Guided tours every hour

Fortitude Valley’s Central Village Heritage Precinct is a group of late 19th-century defence buildings, including the oldest-known surviving Drill Hall in Queensland.

The buildings were originally constructed around 1880 on Boundary Street in Spring Hill. They were then relocated and repurposed to house various functions.

Brickworks Design Studio

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Address:  Tenancy 6 & 7, James Street Centro, 27 James Street Fortitude Valley
Date: Saturday 7 October 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
General Access

The Brickworks Design Studio, built in 2015, will be open for general access on Brisbane Open House day. The building houses a broad selection of building materials from clay bricks, blocks and stones, to timbers and cladding, to concrete and clay tiles.

The building is an inspiring piece of work that marries aesthetics with function and form. The studio incorporates state-of-the-art technology in its spaces to create flexible yet comfortable zones for designers, architects and builders.

Vee Design Studio

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Address:  109 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Date: Sunday 8 October 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
General Access and Guided Tours Available

Once a flour mill and a World War II base, the Vee Design Studio has been transformed into offices and bars. The ground floor serves as office space to landscape architectural firm, Vee Design.

Learn more about Brisbane Open House 2017.

Plan your itinerary here.