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Open House's opening move - a 3D London chess set

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Bespoke architectural chess designer Skyline Chess unveiled a one-off a collaboration at the launch party for this year’s Open House

The London-based company run was asked to adapt its existing chess set of London’s famous landmarks to include buildings which have been designed by some of the UK’s most famous architects and feature in the forthcoming ‘open-doors’ festival.

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Leadenhall building took up position as king of the architectural chessboard, with Richard Siefert’s Tower 42 taking the prized queen position.

The bishops were fashioned as Foster + Partner’s famous Gherkin while Marks Barfield’s freewheeling London Eye replaces the traditional knight.

Rogers is the only architect to have two buildings featured, with his grade I-listed Lloyds building taking up the role of the rook. The pawns on the chess set are made up with Georgian town houses.

The Open House weekend will see more than 800 of the city’s finest buildings open between 20-21 September - alongside neighbourhood walks, cycle tours, architects’ talks and debates.

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.

Skyline Chess set for Open House

Skyline Chess set for Open House

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