Brisbane’s Open Day

A few weeks back, my friend (aka Sophia Loren) took me to an ‘open day’ at Brisbane City – this is a once a year event where the oldest buildings in Brisbane are open to the public for viewing. We visited a couple of spots, mainly the now National Australia Bank building and also City Hall (which funnily enough is open every day).

The NAB building isn’t open everyday to the public so it was fun to check out its little secrets. We were given a tour by a local Brisbane architect, and he went through the building’s history.

Roof at entrance of NAB building

Roof at entrance of NAB building

Original elevator

Original elevator

Chandelier in conference room

Chandelier in conference room

Old fire place in meeting room

Old fire place in meeting room

Original railing on balcony

Original railing on balcony

The City Hall was just as fun. It has been under renovation for the last year or so, and has now been officially open (don’t remember when sorry). The main hall has what looks to be a sun light – but the surrounding panels change colour. I’m not sure if they are electronic, but the effect is different and engaging. We saw the colours change from blue to green to purple and pinks. The centre of it looks like a red sun.

We got lost a few times trying to find the Council Chambers – but we found them! The room had beautiful carvings on the roof. There is one photo of it below. Many of the rooms were restored to their former glory. Windows cleaned and fixed, with walls painted white to reflect the natural light coming in.

We also were too late to book a 15 minute walk up the clock tower, but this will have to be another adventure that we will schedule.

Hall organ

Hall organ

Main hall

Main hall

One of the meeting rooms - beautiful natural light!

One of the meeting rooms – beautiful natural light!

Grand piano

Grand piano

Top sun light in main hall

Top sun light in main hall

Roof carving inside the Council Chambers

Roof carving inside the Council Chambers

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City Hall

 

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