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Open House London: the AJ’s five must-see buildings

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With more than 700 buildings in London opening their doors this weekend, choosing which to visit has never been harder. The AJ’s Richard Waite selects five which deserve to be top of everyone’s list 

Trinity Laban Centre – Lewisham

The 2003 Stirling Prize winner. Quietly influential: a proper London building that strikes the right balance between glamour and grime


 Creekside SE8 3DZ. Sunday tours at 11am, 12noon, 1pm only. Duration 45mins.

The Great Barn Harmondsworth – Hillingdon

The huge barn took 15 months to build and cost about £50 in 1427 money - the year it was completed

Harmondsworth Great Barn, Hillingdon

 Manor Court, High Street, Harmondsworth UB7 0AQ. Sunday 10am-5pm

Alexandra Road estate – NW8

One of London’s last large-scale council housing schemes, Neave Brown’s Grade II* listed Modernist landmark is a gem.

Alexandra Estate Camden

Alexandra Estate Camden

Source: Steve Cadman

Meet: Tenants Hall, Langtry Walk/Rowley Way NW8 0SW

Saturday 10am-5pm. Half-hourly tours, duration 1.5 hours. Max 8 per tour.

Folds – Haringey

A very carefully calibrated interior makeover by rising stars Bureau de Change Architects. The scheme, with its pleated roof, was shortlisted this year for the AJ’s Small Projects Awards

Folds Bureau de Change5


 10 Mount Pleasant Villas. Sunday 10am-1pm. Last entry 12.40pm

Foster and Partners’ offices – Wandsworth

The workplace of Britain’s biggest, most successful, most admired architect. See how the number one ranked AJ100 practice does it

Foster partners hester road

Foster partners hester road

 Riverside, 22 Hester Road SW11 4AN. Saturday 10am-5pm. Regular tours. Last entry 4.30pm.

The Open House London app is available to dowload from the AppStore and Google Play 

Hard copies of the Open House London guide are available to buy here

A PDF of the full listing is below for AJ readers

Visit www.openhouselondon.org.uk for more information

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  • Chris Rogers

    Planning my weekend. Am sure it'll be fun by why the bizarre logo change? Removing the building outline 'teeth' disassociates Open House from the very thing it exists for - architecture. To those with English as a second language the logo now says nothing. Emailed Rory re this but just got a polite acknowledgement. Weird.

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