Open House Journal

Open House - London

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This year marked the 25th anniversary for Open House giving the public free access to over 800 buildings, tours, walks and talks across the capital. It is the world’s largest architecture festival and we are fortunate enough to have it right on our doorstep!

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The idea centres on bringing city-makers and the public together with architects, developers and engineers interacting with the community so that they can all play an active role in shaping and maintaining the community they live in. This is all possible through the help of over 7000 volunteers who make this weekend one not to miss for people with an interest in London, architecture, design, or just secretly nosey.

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Iconic buildings that opened their doors this year included New Scotland Yard and 10 Downing Street, as well as the recognisable skyline shapes of the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, the BT Tower and the infamous Battersea Power Station.

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It wasn’t only the ‘big name’ buildings to see, there were a number of hidden architectural gems to be discovered; including the Sun Rain Room which is an award winning extension of a Georgian grade II listed townhouse that collects water into a reflective pool;

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The Clay House which incorporates clay finish on the walls and ceilings, fumed oaked panels and sash windows to reflect and promote healthy living within the house, whilst the bathroom features plants to absorb humidity and provide a calming environment; 

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and finally The Hidden House, this two bedroom house sits atop of the former prison vaults of Clerkenwell House of Detention (which can be viewed at Clerkenwell Design Week), although it does use the neighbouring properties grandeur to blend in.

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