Thursday 8 October 2020

Open House - News


Photos: Sonny Malhotra, Sophie Cunningham, Rosie Litterick and Luke O'Donovan

Keep exploring with Open City

The 2020 Open House Festival may be over but there's still plenty to of ways to enjoy and engage with the city through our autumn and winter event schedule, the Open House film series and the Model London skyline at home.

There's just one thing...

So that we can keep bringing you events, content and run our educational programmes we need your help. Open House doesn't receive government or Arts Council funding and relies on support from individuals like you. If you value our work and the Open House Festival, please support us today to keep going throughout the next phase of the pandemic.

If you value Open House, please support us by becoming a friend of the charity by donating £1.25 a week. Thank you!



In this New Architecture Writers event join Shawn Adams, Nana Biamah-Ofosu and the panel of invited guests as they discuss the relationship between architectural journalism and power.

South London Architecture Cycle Tour


Join Open House for a ‘ride out’ exploring the architecture of south London’s landmark public housing estates.

Led by up-and-coming architectural designers Aidan Hall and Rosalind Peebles, this socially-distanced bicycle tour will visit iconic residential developments from the golden era of public sector house building design.

Highlights of the southern tour will include the cloister-like Macintosh Court retirement home in Streatham, the arched streets of Dunbar Dunelm estate in West Norwood, the cascading Central Hill in Crystal Palace, the village-like Lammas Green in Sydenham, and the spectacular commanding Dawson’s Heights in East Dulwich.

West London Architecture Cycle Tour


Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our post-pandemic era, the West London Architecture Cycle Tour is part of a new series celebrating the very best of public housing design across the four corners of the capital.

Highlights of the western tour will include an early example of LLC housing, the Arts and Crafts influenced Millbank Estate in Pimlico, the staggered terraces of Lillington Gardens, the brutalist towers of the Worlds End Estate in Kensington & Chelsea and Churchill Gardens - a pioneering example of a post-war mixed development in Britain.

The Ultimate London Pubs Tour: Discovering a Global Phenomena

Join Open House and guest voices for a socially-distanced walking tour exploring the London pub and its global counterparts.

Led by pub enthusiast Rob Fiehn, this socially-distanced tour will use audio broadcast technology and a series of guest voices to bring these spaces alive and highlight the extraordinary details – architectural, social and economic – which make pubs so important and worth protecting.

Speakers will include David Knight co-founder of the London-based practice DK-CM; and Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese, co-founders of Unscene Architecture and curators of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.


Rethinking London’s Green Spaces

In this Open House special episode we will be talking about green spaces -- London’s greatest public treasures loved by everyone -- and their future during a time of climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically this episode will be focussing on Grosvenor Square in Mayfair which is poised to undergo an ambitious renewal to unlock its full potential as an urban oasis meeting the needs and expectations of our twenty-first century capital.

Perhaps the new Grosvenor Square and the deep ongoing discussions around its transformation -- during this extraordinary moment of the pandemic -- may offer a new template for other public spaces in these challenging times Hosted by Merlin Fulcher and Zoe Cave this podcast episode explores some of the key conversations and actions needed to make London’s public spaces greener and more inclusive.

This episode was brought to you by Open City and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, with special guests including:

Edward Green, associate director at Grosvenor and the project lead for the redesign of Grosvenor Square.

Catherine Greig, director of Make:Good, an architectural and design studio involving people in shaping neighbourhood change.

To learn more about Grosvenor Square click here


Our exclusive film series created in the over the summer was released on the Open House weekend and has already gained over 30,000 views collectively. Take a look inside self-built homes, performance spaces, housing projects and historical buildings and hear from the people that live, work in, and love them.  


Build your own model London skyline at home! The Model London series includes St Paul's Cathedral, Ernรถ Goldfinger's Glenkerry House, The Hoover Building and The Treasury among many others.

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