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Open House London: Celebrating the Capital’s Built Environments

SEEN will certainly be seen at Open House London, the city’s largest showcase of architecture, design and regeneration, set to take place on the weekend of 17th and 18th September. A highly anticipated fixture in the capital’s cultural calendar, Open House London is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods that we live, work and play in.

SEEN will certainly be seen at Open House London, the city’s largest showcase of architecture, design and regeneration, set to take place on the weekend of 17th and 18th September. A highly anticipated fixture in the capital’s cultural calendar, Open House London is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods that we live, work and play in.

Open House is a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about amazing architecture and design in our community. More than 750 buildings will be opening their doors across London, alongside a programme of walks, engineering and landscape tours, cycles rides and expert talks – and all for free.

This year, Open House has taken on the theme of The Equitable City – one in which all citizens can have a stake in the design, development and care of the built environment. The intention is to give Londoners a bigger role in shaping their city, and Open House wants to encourage Londoners to engage with their built environment.

Highlights of the Open House programme include:

• Celebrating an open and equitable city: showcasing developments such as Silvertown, St John’s Hill and Stirling Prize Winner Derbyshire Place, Barking Riverside and a behind-the-scenes tour at King’s Cross.
• London’s iconic towers: Tower 42 and 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin)
• The Institute of Civil Engineers will reveal London’s infrastructure – including engineering walks and visits to major construction and engineering sites.
• The Landscape Institute: showcasing nearly 80 projects with landscape at their heart.
• Eco, zero carbon and retrofit buildings: visitors will have the chance to talk to experts, see measures in action and discover how you can implement changes in your home.
• Planners, architects and engineers will talk about how they create successful buildings and cities,
• Kids and families can take part in activities, from architectural model-making to quiz trails, as part of Open House Junior.

 

Clapton House
Clapton House
Clock House © French & Tye
Clock House © French & Tye
Mint Street © Nedko Dimitrov
Mint Street © Nedko Dimitrov
Paxton/Locher House
Paxton/Locher House
30 St Mary Axe
30 St Mary Axe
Tower 42
Tower 42

Rory Olcayto, Open-City’s new Director said: “Open House gives Londoners the chance to explore the city’s great buildings and places that are usually off-limits. From super-contemporary private homes to super-tall skyscrapers as well as hidden gems you didn’t know were there, nothing is off-limits during this celebrated, annual weekend festival.”

Open House is a concept that was created in London 20 years ago by Open-City, London’s leading independent architecture education organisation. The Open House model invites everyone to experience, explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. This successful concept has been extended to events in other cities around the world including New York, Dublin & Galway, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Barcelona, Rome, Helsinki, Slovenia and Chicago.

www.openhouselondon.org.uk

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