Thousands visit Brisbane Open House

LUCINDA KENT

Hundreds of people line up to tour the ABC's South Bank studios.

Hundreds of people line up to tour the ABC’s South Bank studios.

Thousands of sightseers toured parts of the river city usually closed to the public for the Brisbane Open House weekend.

Held in conjunction with World Architecture Day, Brisbane Open House offered tours of 71 architecturally significant buildings on the 12 and 13 October.

More than 1400 people toured the television and radio studios of the ABC’s South Bank location.

ABC reporter Matt Macklin said he was surprised at the interest the free event generated with the public.

“We are the public broadcaster so it is great that the public get to come through and see what we do and enjoy one of the newest buildings in the ABC,” he said.

“It really is a unique building and it is unlike any other television or radio studios in Brisbane, there is so much open space.”

Launched in 2010, the Open House weekend is in its third year and drew its biggest crowds to date with more than 10,000 visitors taking official tours.

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