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First chance to see mayor's new home during Open House

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Lord Foster's GLA building is to open its doors to the public for the first time as part of the London Open House weekend this autumn.

Visitors will be able to tour the mayor's new home - due for completion in July - as part of the capital's annual live architecture exhibition on 21 and 22 September. More than 500 historic and contemporary buildings are expected to take part in the weekend event, which last year attracted more than 360,000 visitors.

Open House director Victoria Thornton said people would have the opportunity to explore many of the restricted areas within the GLA building and to vote on the success of Lord Foster's design. Thornton said that this year would see an increase in the number of contemporary buildings opening their doors. 'We have been pushing for this for a long time. We want the public to open its eyes and attitudes to contemporary architecture.'

Open House is inviting architects working in London to put forward their projects for inclusion in the programme. E-mail nspera@londonopen house. org or call Nicolette Spera on 020 7267 2070.

lNext month sees the launch of Junior Open House - a pilot project which aims to raise children's awareness of the built environment.A select group of schools across London will be taking part in the event between 21 and 23 May which, if successful, could become a national event.

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