There is, we’re sure you’ll agree, a certain amount of pleasure to be gained from simply walking down any residential street going, peering into the deep, flashing blue of a million living rooms dominated by The One Show, a million narratives unfurling ceaselessly, a million lives you’ll never know. More importantly, that also means a million bedrooms you’ll never get to peek into like they do on Come Dine With Me.
For the past 25 years, the evidently like-minded souls at Open House London have charmed the owners of some of the capital’s best buildings to open their doors for the great unwashed. This year’s OH event takes place between 22–23 September, with around 800 architectural marvels making themselves accessible for one weekend only.
Showcasing everything from Billingsgate’s second century Roman baths to the RIBA London 2018 award winning 15 Clerkenwell Close, via Joseph Bazalgette’s jaw-dropping Abbey Mills Pumping Station and a zip around the various architectural icons of Chelsea, there’s likely something for everyone.
If you’d rather someone else joined the dots for you, Open House is also offering 75 walking tours – a Saturday afternoon stomp round Carshalton, anyone? – as well as curated building selections, which include programmes showcasing the best of London’s contemporary female architects, and a collection of the city’s best estates handpicked by the Clarion Housing Group.
The entire spread – and the geographical, architectural, and historical breadth truly deserves to be thought of as a “spread” – can be viewed here.
- Josephin Ritschel presents architecture and its surroundings as a stage for storytelling
- Gender, sexuality and male identity as seen through the lens of Jorge Perez Ortiz
- Gab Bois transforms things we’ve seen a thousand times into something spectacular
- Aysha Tengiz on her joyous, colourful and slightly depressing illustrated scenes
- Satellite photography, drawing tools and interactive logotypes feature in Double Click September
- Lego reveals first brand campaign in 30 years, Rebuild the World
- “All you see is lazy photography everywhere”: Martin Parr discusses his career, Brexit and obsession
- The work of Xiangyu Liu is weird and fantastically unpredictable (some NSFW)
- Caterina Bianchini Studio designs a dog-themed identity for a conveyer belt cheese restaurant
- Ikea invites people to “try on” Virgil Abloh furniture collection at LFW
- Hans Findling on his experimental and multidisciplinary approach to design
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!