Last weekend the 25th anniversary of the Open House took place in London, where more than 800 buildings across it were open to everyone for free. Of course we took advantage of this and visited many buildings ourselves.
The principle ideas 25 years ago are still present today, which is to let people learn the importance of thoughtful architecture and urban design. However, the city of London is ever-changing in a unique and diverse way. It has transformed in many different ways, from the expansive urban fabric to the smallest details.
Founded by Victoria Thornton, the Open House organisation has risen up every year supported by many volunteers and building owners, offering different kind of activities in relation with the design, such as neighbours' talks, cycle tours and architects’ talks during every third weekend of September. Besides this, over the rest of the year programmes for schoolchildren and design courses for community groups are provided to enrich the creative and sustainable knowledge.
In order to get the maximum from the Open House it is possible to find on its website, depending on everyone’s interests, some building listings with all the information (location, architects, period, etc). Some of them are really popular, so it is necessary to book in advance or enter in a public ballot.
Open House is a great opportunity to get closer to London, its people, and history. A new skyline is redrawn every year and needs to be shown to the world.