Open House London 2013

Open House London 2013

10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street

Over 800 buildings and events confirm participation in 21st edition of Open House London (21st and 22nd September)

A highly anticipated fixture in the capital’s cultural calendar, Open House London is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and spaces where we live and work.

Last year, Open House celebrated a landmark anniversary and this year Open House continues to go from strength to strength with more buildings then ever before and a programme that is unprecedented in scope.

It will be a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about amazing architecture and design in your borough and across London over one weekend. More than 800 buildings of all kinds will open their doors across London, alongside a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, cycle rides and experts’ talks – all for free.

This year’s theme ‘Celebrating architecture, people and place’ explores issues that are relevant to local communities and how the built environment is evolving – including the design of homes, the role of architects, engineers and contemporary design in revitalising places and above all showing how good design can make London a more liveable, vibrant and enjoyable city.

Make sure you get your guide and check out our website on the 15 th August for all of our highlights including:

  • Iconic landmarks and towers including Battersea Power Station, The View from the Shard, 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin) and Tower 42
  • London’s infrastructure revealed with the Institution of Civil Engineers – including engineering walks and site visits to major construction and engineering sites
  • East London Transformation – discover all about the transformation of East London and the Lea Valley with expert-led events showcasing the regeneration of areas surrounding the Olympic Park
  • Nearly 50 projects with Landscape at their heart with the Landscape Institute
  • Showcase of 100 private homes, architects’ homes and groundbreaking housing developments
  • Eco, zero carbon and retrofit buildings, with the chance to talk to experts, see measures in action and discover how you can implement changes in your own home
  • Speak with planners, architects and engineers on how they create successful buildings and cities
  • For the first time in 2013, Open Debate will be presented for the first time and will be held at the Landscape institute. The debate, titled ‘Is London Building a Sterile City’ will draw together expert opinion
  • Maggie’s and Open House London ‘Culture Crawl’ on Friday 20th September – a moonlit walk through London with the opportunity to see Open House architecture and raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres
  • Activities for kids and families, from architectural model-making to quiz trails as part of Open House Junior
  • Win a weekend stay at the magnificent Lutyens-designed Bloomsbury Hotel
  • Chart-topping Open House app for iphone from the appstore
  • Archibus tour with Arriva – win a place on an architectural whirlwind tour by historic Routemaster bus
  • Photography competition in partnership with Architects’ Journal and The Photographers’ Gallery

Victoria Thornton, Founding Director of Open-City comments: “Open House is a unique and vibrant annual event, offering people across London the chance to explore and learn about the capital’s architecture. In 2012 87% of participants said the Open House annual event was the best way see, explore and learn about the capital’s architecture. This year we’re putting together a great programme of open buildings, walks, tours and talks taking in everything from award-winning contemporary homes to major regeneration areas.”

Order your guide and see which buildings with a ballet-related history you will discover.

Open House London: An Exclusive Glimpse Inside 100 of the Most Extraordinary Buildings in London (Hardcover)

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