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Win AJ priority passes to beat the queues on Open House weekend

London’s post-war housing and the BT Tower are set to take centre stage at this year’s Open House architecture event - and there are priority passes for AJ subscribers

For the first time a flat in the Lauderdale Tower, one of the Barbican’s three residential skyscrapers designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and completed in 1974, will be open to the public.

The focus on housing is part of the wider ‘our buildings, our neighbourhood, our city’ theme chosen for the event, now in its 18th year.

In west London Open House celebrates the 50th anniversary of former RIBA president Eric Lyon’s Span Estates in Fieldend, Richmond by opening a number of the houses and gardens.

And visitors will also have a chance to see Theis + Khan’s Stirling Prize-nominated Bateman’s Row – a mixed-use building with office, gallery and residential space.

Across east London the top-floor flat of Erno Goldfinger’s grade II-listed Balfron Tower – the Trellick Tower’s older, shorter and lesser known sister – will also be open.

Event founder Victoria Thornton said: ‘Experiencing architecture in the flesh helps everyone become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and enables them to see and argue for the value of good . We expect the most sought after building to be the 177 metre-tall BT Tower, completed in 1964 and designed by the Ministry of Public Building and Works.’

Open House priority passes for AJ subscribers

The AJ Reader’s Club has three pairs of priority passes to jump the queues on Open House weekend, plus eight tickets to visit the BT Tower. This offer is exclusive to AJ subscribers: simply send an email to with the subject Open House. The first three names out of the hat win the passes, the next eight win tickets for the BT Tower.

As part of the AJ’s partnership with Open House, subscription copies of AJ12.08.10 come with a complimentary copy of the Open House London guide, worth £6.50.

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