That’s the subject of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House panel discussion to be hosted by six leading Sunshine Coast architects in Nambour on October 14.

The forum will focus on how Sunshine Coast architecture has become internationally renowned for casual, climate responsive design, embedded in nature.

Speakers will include John Mainwaring, Lindsay Clare, Ian Dimond, David Teeland, Dan Sparks and John Robertson who will bring different experiences and design ideals to the discussion.

They will review the design challenges 50 years ago and what the design challenges will be for the next 50 years.

There will be also be a discussion on how Sunshine Coast architecture has evolved since the 1960s and the design possibilities for our changing sub-tropical urban lifestyle in the future.

The panel discussion will be adjudicated by Phil Smith, chair of The Creative Alliance and local architect and urban designer, who has a passion for creating better communities.

Tickets for the panel discussion are free.

The inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House will be held on October 21 and is part of Open House Worldwide – a network of 30-plus Open House cities globally.

The event forms part of official celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast and is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy.


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Altitude On Montville is being developed by a local family who have a thriving business in the Village. The Purcell family, with over 35 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, created the very successful Montville Cafe Bar and Grill in 2008. Seeing an opportunity in the wedding reception and accommodation facilities in the area, they set about developing the concept for Altitude On Montville.

Noosa architect, Tim Ditchfield, has created a design for the building that is a blend of country style and urban chic with creative use of stone, timber, and crisp white plantation shutters.

The restaurant and function centre, with the ability to cater for large groups for functions and wedding receptions, will also be open to the dining public. The benefit of on-site accommodation will create attractive packages for weddings and conferences.

Award winning On-Site Managers with over 30 years of hospitality and accommodation experience have been selected to manage the accommodation at Altitude On Montville in its formative years of operation.

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