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Call for entries: Open House London announces theme for 2014

Open-City has launched its annual call-out for architects to get involved with Open House London with this year’s event focussing on ‘revealing’, emerging practices and female architects

The 2014 event is taking place on the weekend of 20 and 21 September, and sees icons such as Foster + Partners’ Gherkin and Richard Rogers’ Lloyd’s of London building – as well as rarely accessible private houses – opened up for the public to explore.

Now in its 22nd year, the event launches with the theme ‘revealing’ – although Open House director Victoria Thornton says that its aims remain the same: ‘… To open eyes, minds and doors to the value of design, and focus on revealing contemporary architecture in our evolving city.’

Architects who have taken part in the event in the past have espoused the positive association and high visibility that it offers, as well as the opportunity to connect with both public and professional participants.

Mike Neal of Form Design Architecture said that the weekend has helped the practice to win work, and he added that the presence of an enthusiastic client can be a practice’s greatest advertisement.

He said: ‘The owner of our award-winning Bermondsey Warehouse Loft, for example, originally intended to go out for the day, but delighted so much in the reactions of visitors entering the apartment that he ended up staying in all day, enthusiastically explaining the apartment’s features and singing our praises.’

This year, visitors to the event will be able to explore a range of buildings of architectural merit, sites under development and landscape architecture. London’s infrastructure and landscape will also be on display through partnerships with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Landscape Institute.

This year’s programme will focus on young and emerging practices as well as the AJ’s Women In Architecture campaign.

The deadline for entries is 14 April.

For further details on how to take part, please contact Meneesha Kellay or Matthew Turtle on 0207 383 2131 or openhouse@open-city.org.uk.

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