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Treasury forced to close but Open House is still a success

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The organisers of London Open House declared it a riproaring success again this year with attendance figures up by an estimated 15 per cent on last year's 350,000 figure - even though the rain poured down on queuing punters on the Sunday and a 'near riot' caused the Treasury building to close its doors for the whole weekend.

Open House project manager Gayle Markovitz told the AJ that the event attracted good numbers over last weekend, to the extent that 100 German architects from Cologne turned up to see the Ron Herron and Associatesdesigned Imagination building in London's Store Street.

Some 4,000 people travelled to the City to try and get into the ever popular Lloyd's building and 800 people somehow got in on one of the days to David Mikhail's own flat in Belsize Park. Only 10 at a time were to be allowed into the three-floor, 'immaculately detailed' flat.

But sadly the Grade II*-listed HM Treasury building in Whitehall was forced to close its doors - owing to a Third World debt demonstration taking place outside.

Open House director Victoria Thornton said a new educational campaign, 'Open Up', will see schoolchildren paying visits to 'contemporary buildings' in March next year.

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