Open House Launceston is this weekend!

Chalmer's Church | Photographer: Nina Hamilton

Tasmania’s most popular architecture and design event, Open House Launceston is taking place this Saturday.

Open House is back for it’s third stint in Launceston this weekend, featuring a program full of intriguing buildings, walking tours, and even an architectural watercolour session!

The program contains a mix of tours that require bookings, and general opens – where all you need to do is turn up – and even a few virtual tours! There are a limited number of spaces on the booked tours (refer to the list below), but there’s a number of buildings that are ‘general opens’ – take note of the opening times on the program, and just turn up. If you can’t make it to Launceston, tune into one of the virtual tours on the day.

‘This year, we’re excited to be partnering with the City of Launceston to deliver a COVID-19-safe event that adheres to the government’s guidelines, but one which will allow Tasmanians to experience and learn about the value of architecture and our built environment,’ says Open House Producer, and Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Executive Director, Jennifer Nichols.

‘We love Launceston and are thrilled that the public enjoy the program as much as we do, as has been shown since the launch of this year’s program.’

The full program can be found at

Organised and run by the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Open House Launceston is the local version of a global event first held in London in 1992 and now staged in more than 40 cities around the world. It gives visitors the chance to see how others live, work and play; look up, look inside, have a sticky-beak, and see the city from a different angle, and it’s free. 

Open House Launceston is generously supported by the City of Launceston, the Tasmanian Government, Futago, Brickworks, Access Solutions, and Houses Magazine.


Cover image: The Tasmanian House | Atelier Jiri Lev | Photographer: Sasha Lev


Saturday 28 August

Chalmer’s Church, 9.30 am

The Tasmanian House, 12.30 pm


Saturday 28 August

Brickworks Launceston Design Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

ABC Launceston, 9 am – 12 pm

City Baptist Church & Milton Hall, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Design Tasmania, 10 am – 3 pm

Forster Street Pump Station, 10 am – 1 pm

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10 am – 1 pm & 3.30 pm – 4 pm

Old Umbrella Shop, 9 am – 12 pm

Paddy Dorney House, 10 am – 4 pm

St Matthias Anglican Church, Windermere, 10 am – 4 pm


Saturday 28 August

ABC Launceston, tours fully booked

Architectural Watercolours, Quadrant Mall, fully booked

Cataract Gorge – Discovery Tour, fully booked

Chalmer’s Church, fully booked

Dark City Launceston – Walking Tour, limited spaces available at 7 pm

Design Tasmania, tours at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm

Door of Hope Christian Church, fully booked

Launceston Supreme Court, fully booked

Launceston’s Historic Churches & Their Organs – Walking Tour, fully booked

Macquarie House, Civic Square, limited spaces available at 12.30 pm & 1 pm

QVMAG History and Archives, Inveresk Museum, fully booked

QVMAG Natural Science Basement Tour, fully booked

Stillwater Seven Boutique Accommodation, fully booked

Stoney Rise, spaces available at 10 am & 11 am

The Florance Hotel, fully booked

The Gents Launceston – Walking Tour, fully booked

The Tasmanian House, limited spaces available at 11.30 pm & 12 pm