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Book early: 800 buildings lined up for Open House London 2014

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Open House London (OHL) has revealed its full programme of buildings and events

The 2014 guide featuring the entire list of buildings, including those which require pre-booking (see below), has now been published on the organisation’s website.

Headliners this year include Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Leadenhall Building - aka ‘The Cheesegrater’ - Allies and Morrison’s Rambert Dance Academy and O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Stirling-nominated Saw Swee Hock student centre.

The event provides free public access to more than 800 of the city’s finest buildings on the weekend of 20-21 September - alongside neighbourhood walks, cycle tours, architects’ talks and debates.

As in previous years, the majority of buildings operate on a ‘turn up on the day’ policy, although small number are pre-book together with ballots only for 10 Downing Street and the Antony Gormley Room at The Beaumont.  AJ readers have been given the heads up on three bookings ahead of tomorrow’s launch: The Saw Swee Hock student centre at the LSE; RIBA London small projects winner, The Tree House (6a) and Crossrail Moorgate Construction Site. For further details see below.

Around 80 of the buildings opening their doors to the public this year feature in the AJ Buildings Library and, through our partnership with Open House, these will be available for non-subscribers to access during the month of September.

The overall theme for Open House 2014 London is ‘Revealing’, with the two day event aiming to shed light on the latest contemporary architecture shaping London. Other themes explored during this year’s events include tall buildings, women in architecture and sustainability.


Heads up: Visit OHL website today to book for the following:

The Tree House [6a Architects]
200 Jubilee Street E1 3BP

Saturday tours at 11am,12noon,2pm,3pm,4pm. 

LSE: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre [by O’Donnell + Tuomey]
1 Sheffield Street WC2A 2AP

Sat/Sun1pm-5pm.Regular tours.

Crossrail Moorgate Construction Site
Crossrail Moorgatesite office, Moorfields EC2Y9DT

Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. Hourly tours. Crossrail experts will focus on works at the Moorgate site. Quiz the engineers and get a platform viewing of the 55m deep shaft. Mott Macdonald due 2018.

New to OHL this year:

  • London School of Economics: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, O’Donnell + Tuomey, 2014.
  • JW3-Jewish Community Centre London, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, 2013
  • Royal Road, Panter Hudspith Architects, 2013
  • University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street, Heneghan Peng Architects, 2014
  • The Tree House, 6a Architects, 2013
  • Rambert, Allies and Morrison, 2013
  • Queen’s Chapel (St James’s Palace)
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