Tuesday 21 May 2019

Open House London

Join Open House London’s summer evening Architecture on the Thames central boat tour on Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm 

© Anthony Coleman 
This summer evening after work tour along the River Thames surveys the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond, exploring the LFA 2019 theme 'boundaries'.
Departing from Crown Pier, the tour first ventures upriver to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station, the new American Embassy and the studio of world-famous ‘starchitect’ Norman Foster, designer of the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge. Then heading downriver, our guide will explore the design and history of Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, the Neo-classical Somerset House and Renzo Piano's Shard, London’s super-contemporary skyscraper, among many others.
This unique riverside tour offers a fresh perspective on London’s emerging and established skyline of london's great boundary and is led by our specialist guide Benedict O'Looney. Benedict's in-depth knowledge - he is a both a practicing architect and a teacher at the prestigious Architectural Association - guarantees deep insight and thoughtful commentary. 

GROUP DISCOUNT CODE: Enter GROUP at the checkout on purchases of 3 or more tickets to receive a 15% discount. Pre-order Pimm's and bagels also available.
Departing and returning to Crown Pier, EC4N. Duration 2.45hrs. Regretfully no children under 7. Booked for capacity of the inside covered deck in case of rain. 

Walking Tour - Olympics & Beyond - Saturday 15 June 11am

© Angus Hamilton 
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its Stratford environs is one of the busiest and most unusual development areas in London. The former Olympic Park, its venues and village are all now open in their post Olympic form, alongside Europe’s largest urban retail centre and the office sector, known as the International Quarter is starting to open. This is an opportunity to explore this rapidly changing area, in the context both of its rich industrial past, and ambitious plans for the future, which include ‘East Bank', containing new facilities for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, the BBC, London College of Fashion and University College London.
The tour takes you past all the Olympic venues, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the north and south Park, and through what is now known as East Village, with a brief incursion into the dramatically different world beyond the Park at Hackney Wick.
Your guide has worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now visiting professor at the University of East London.
Meet: 11am at the big red 'Robert Steam Engine' Outside the main entrance of Stratford Station, opposite the bus station. Tour duration 2-2.5 hours.
Tour ends near Stratford. 

Photography Tour - Capturing Battersea - Saturday 15 June/13 July 10am

© Anthony Coleman
Explore Nine Elms & Battersea through the lens with this photography tour looking at how to effectively photograph the transforming landscape of Battersea and the surrounding area, one of Europe's largest regeneration projects. 
This tour is an introductory tour led by an acclaimed architectural photographer and member of the architectural photography agency VIEW Pictures and you will discover different ways of observing and photographing the cityscape.
The tour will cover optimum time of day to photograph. By the end of this tour you should be able to identify differing architectural styles and different approaches to architectural photography.

Meet: Outside Pret A Manger, opposite Vauxhall tube Station, 21 St George Wharf, SW8 2JW. Duration 2-2.5hrs. Cameras not provided.  

Open House London 2019 Highlight:
2 Ferndale

© Peter Landers 
On Saturday 21 September visit 2 Ferndale, a project born out of a design process that involved the entire family. From a hidden work space for homework, to a window seat for reading, the project provides so much more than a typical kitchen/diner extension.
The ambition was to create a new focal point for family life. Designed by Conibere Phillips Architects the projects aim was also to be closely connected to the garden, where much loved Magnolia, Acer and Pear trees come within touching distance of the extension.
More details will be announce when the website goes live 20 August. Pre-order your guide here!

Open House London 2019 Highlight:
Sutton's Social Suburbia

    Join John Phillips and Andrew Skelton on a walking tour of Sutton's suburbia in the Victorian period. This guided walk taking place on Sunday 22 September at 1pm will explore the developments of the area whilst discussing all architecture developments in the area. 
    More details will be announce when the website goes live 20 August. Pre-order your guide here!

    Article 25: A Positive Alternative to Poverty Exhibition at Canary Wharf
    10- 28 June, photographs by Grant Smith 

    Bethel School, Burkina Faso © Grant Smith
    Showcasing Article 25’s Designs for a Positive Alternative to Poverty, the exhibition presents architectural models accompanied by inspirational photographs by Grant Smith (he is one of our Open House Photography tour guides!)
    Article 25 provides a positive alternative to poverty, whose work empowers communities to use design, engineering and construction capabilities that lift individuals and communities towards a brighter future. By combining skilled local workers with an unskilled local workforce, channelling that community effort towards building schools, hospitals and homes in communities struck by disaster, conflict and poverty, access to health, education and safe homes is improved.
    7am - 8pm. Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5AB. Admission: FREE 
    Find out more here