Friday, 24 August 2018

Open City - Open House London

Time to start planning your Open House London weekend! 

image: Aga Khan Centre © Edmund Sumner
As many of you may be aware earlier this week we released this years programme for Open House London. We are extremely proud of the range of buildings this year and with over 100 new buildings participating we are certain there is something for everyone. 
You can view the listings via our website here or you can buy the Open House printed guide which also includes 40 pages of articles and content from our partners this year. The guide is currently £8.50 - buy it now before the price increases to £10 in September. 
The listings are also available to view on the Open House app, available to download on the App Store and Google Play for apple and android . The app allows you to view which buildings are near you and save your favourites, helping you plan your itinerary for the weekend.

AKT II Panel Discussion
Beyond micro-dwellings: can we imagine compact living and the absence of permanence?

Does a home have to be permanent or large? As London’s population continues to grow, can innovative space-saving solutions offer a pragmatic approach for those who prioritise location over space? Join AKT II for a panel discussion on why micro-living is important, and how it can be applied in London.
Event dates and time Monday 17th September, 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Event Address  5th floor, AKT II, White Collar Factory, London, EC1Y 8AF 6:30-8:30pm 
Tickets available here 

Open House London 2018 Highlight:
Wembley Park - A Walk Through Time

Join the creative teams at Quintain and the designers working at Wembley Park on a fascinating journey, taking you through the past, present and future of this 85-acre site around Wembley Stadium, which is rapidly becoming a major new destination and neighbourhood for London. Tour highlights will include visits to Second Floor Studios & Arts, SSE Arena, Wembley, the award-winning Alto complex, Emerald Gardens at Tipi, London Designer Outlet and an interactive masterplan model of the new Wembley Park.
This September Wembley Park will be available to visit as part of Open House of both days at 10:30am, more info here!

Open House London 2018 Highlight: 
Thornton Heath Library

© Paul Riddle 
Thornton Heath Library was originally built in 1914 as part of the worldwide network of Andrew Carnegie funded public libraries.
The layout for these libraries were often similar, despite differences in size and architectural style. A flight of steps would rise to a raised ground floor entrance. From here further steps would lead up to the main reading room. The design reflected Carnegie’s aspirations for the role of the libraries, with the steps embodying the idea of ascendancy through knowledge while clearstory windows provided illumination without distraction.
Thornton Heath Library will have half-hourly tours on Saturday 22 September as part of Open House. 

Open House London 2018 Highlight:
V22 Silvertown Studios

V22 Silvertown Studios will be a temporary neighbourhood for affordable workspace and artists' studios, exhibition and community spaces, cafe/bar and leisure areas, as well as green spaces and gardens.
During Open House, V22 Silvertown Studios will be open both days as well as hosting hourly tours of the site and they will also have an exhibition on display titled Young London 2018.
Immortalised: The People Loved, Left and Lost in our Landscape
A free exhibition at the Workshop, Lambeth, London 
Friday 31 August - Sunday 16 September 2018
This immersive exhibition by Historic England explores the ways people and events have been commemorated in England, by the statues, the plaques, shrines and murals that mark heroic, quirky, inspirational and challenging lives. While some people are heralded, others are unrepresented: women, the working classes and people of colour are much less likely to have a place on the plinth.
More info here!
Historic England are Open House 2018 partners, and throughout this year’s Guide are highlights of one of their recent campaigns, #HerStories, highlighting places that witnessed suffragette history.