Open House London programme launched – Revealing 800 buildings

The Open House London programme for the 2014 event, to be held on 20 & 21 September, has been launched online.

The programme sheds light on the latest contemporary architecture in our city, from the newest completed city building The Leadenhall Building (‘The Cheesegrater) by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, to Kew House, a striking transformation of a 19th century brick stables into a corten steel facade…

Through this year’s theme ‘revealing’ people will also find out more and the impact of buildings on their lives, from the design of homes to new public spaces and the role of architects and contemporary design in revitalising places and spaces, showing how good design can make London a more liveable city.

Open House London’s selection of buildings for all to visit on 20th and 21st September is therefore more comprehensive than ever before providing a great opportunity to see, explore and learn about amazing architecture and design in your area 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.

As part of the ‘Revealing’ theme, particular focus for 2014:

Spaces to Live in:

Can we design homes, or do we design houses which become homes through occupation? Examples include The Cedars (Span House), Villa Caroisla, House For A Painter

How the City works:

  • Can London’s transport networks, housing and infrastructure cope with the forecasted 10 million Londoners? Collaboration with Institution of Civil Engineers including engineering walks and site visits to major construction and engineering sites such as Closed Loop Recycling Lee Tunnel & Beckton Sludge Power Generator, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Places and spaces of the city:

  • What does a sustainable city look like? Nearly 80 projects with Landscape at their heart with the Landscape Institute including Grenville Gardens Community Allotment Gardens, Priory Green, Walthamstow Wetlands

A Greener City:

  • How do we make the landscape of the city as precious as the rural landscape? 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 including 40a Dawlish Avenue, Bateman Mews

Plus collaborations, competitions and ballots:

  • ‘Meeting the Experts’: architects, engineers and landscape architects on how they create successful buildings and cities
  • Maggie’s and Open House London ‘Culture Crawl’
  • on Friday 19th September a moonlit walk through London with the opportunity to see Open House architecture and raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres

Open House Junior:

  • activities for kids and families from architectural model making to quiz trails as part of
  • Archibus tour with Arriva and the London Transport Museum
  • win a place on an architectural whirlwind tour celebrating the Year of the Bus

Competitions:

  • Leadenhall Building, View from the Shard, Photographic Competition
  • And finally not forgetting the great ‘dames’ of Open House London – 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin), Foreign and India Office, Bank of England, Portcullis House, City Hall each of which attracts over 5,000 visits to each.

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 2013 87% of participants said the Open House annual event was the best way see, explore and learn about the capital’s architecture and new public spaces 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.”