Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. It was started in 1992 as a way to engage and educate the public about architecture by opening up buildings they would not normally have access to.
On the weekend of 19 and 20 September many fantastic buildings, normally off limits to the public, will be opening their doors to welcome curious visitors inside. Not only do you get to peek inside buildings you may have yearned to see but best of all, its totally free! With so many to choose from it may be hard to decide where you might want to go; so to make it easier here is a list of our Open House London recommendations, chosen by our Associate Directors.
Chloe Leefe – Kensington Roof Gardens, W8
“I have not just chosen this site because they do fabulous cocktails but because it offers a true sense of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of London life. When you’re up on the roof, it feels like you’ve entered another, more exotic world with beautiful gardens to stroll around and the city laid out beneath your feet”
Kensington Roof Gardens & Babylon Restaurant are a fantastic example of 1930s architecture, which coupled with three marvellous themed gardens and amazing views across London make this building a must see.
Jared Kilgarriff – Leighton House Museum, W14
“As proud sponsors of the Kensington and Chelsea Music Society we hosted many great evenings at Leighton House. It is the most beautiful house filled with the amazing and exotic pieces and details including the stunning two-storey high Arab Hall, built to house Lord Frederic Leighton’s beautiful collection of Middle Eastern tiles.”
Leighton House was built between 1864 –79 and was designed by George Aitchison to be Lord Leighton’s vision of a private palace devoted to art.
Kaan Koseoglu – Trellick Tower, W10
“My suggestion is that you visit the iconic Trellick Tower in North Kensington designed by in a Brutalist style by architect, Erno Goldfinger. Love it or hate it, the tower has become a cult landmark overseeing the hive of activity that is Golborne Road. Although it started life as social housing, many of the flats are now privately owned and have amazing views across west London.”
Trellick Tower is a Grade II listed building completed in 1972. It is 322 ft tall (394 ft including the communications mast) with the tower being the dominant feature in an estate of more than 300 dwellings.
Susie Waterfall – 17 Elgin Crescent, W11
“This stunning apartment was imagined by a client of ours, architect Andrew Pilkington. It represents a magical combination of classic period architecture with contemporary design to unite two flats into one with a dramatic full height vertical atrium.”
Shortlisted for the final 12 of AJ Small Projects Awards 2014 this apartment is utterly unique with the variations in height and space creating a fascinating and playful building on one of Notting Hill’s premier streets.
We hope you enjoy visiting these wonderful buildings on what is one of our favourite cultural weekends of the year!
14 September 2015