Open House London
02 September 2013
On 21st and 22nd September, over 800 buildings across London will open their doors to the public as part of the 21st edition of Open House London. The weekend is a city-wide celebration of architecture and offers the unique opportunity to delve beneath the surface of our skyline in order to learn about the fascinating structure, framework and composition of the city.
Open House is a not-for-profit organisation developed in 1992 with the aim of broadening our awareness and appreciation for the extraordinary architecture that we see every day but that we too often know very little about. The organisation believes that we rely too heavily on pictures, and that we cannot properly learn about or judge a building until it is experienced directly. In turn, Open House hopes to inspire the next generation of architects in an effort to uphold the excellence of London’s structures for many years to come.
An array of types, scales and periods of buildings are included in the weekend’s programme, which is comprised of eco buildings, private homes and various iconic landmarks such as Battersea Power Station, the Shard and the Gherkin. Entry to each site is free of charge and tours and talks are available, in some cases by the architects themselves! A ‘Culture Crawl’ will also be held in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Centres, as well as an open debate chaired by BBC correspondent Razia Iqbal, which asks, ‘Is London Building a Sterile City?’
Get involved by ordering your Open House London Guide book here.