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Drop in to this unique Expressionist building with sculptural staircase based on organic plant forms
Drop-in: Special architecture tours for the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery
Check out PATCH collective's curated collection
A self-guided tour of this conservation and restoration project to revitalise the Victorian Subway
This project is an excellent example of communal living within a landscaped setting
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A victorian mid terrace house with a dark blue exterior and a zany tiled front garden
New open call for architecture practices to contribute their projects to the 2023 festival
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We will Solve the Riddle, Match the House and Freeze the Art, where you will all have the opportunity to interact with and contribute to a live art piece. Our aim is for you to leave with a renewed sense of home and the ability to reimagine what home means to you.
art in the public realm
Public art trail: Portraits of the South by Abi Partington-Moran This innovative artist-created trail in Sutton Town Centre is the first of four Sutton STEAMS Ahead photographic commissions to be unveiled this Autumn/Winter.
Guided tour / Talk
The life cycle of London’s landscape starts with history. History becomes an integral part of it from the very inception of its design, enriched through construction, and expands even after the building’s completion. As architectural landscapes are repurposed for contemporary needs, they continue to respond to challenges and stigmas of marginalised communities. Join us on Saturday 9th September (11am-1pm) to discuss what happens when people inhabit landscapes and new communities emerge. As landscapes mature, we are given a choice: to ignore or embrace what came before. What happens when the histories of these communities are neglected?
Fumihiko Maki of Maki and Associates, 2018
Awards ceremony / Drop in
Welcoming visitors to Angel Edmonton to explore a number of newly developed places and spaces that are helping steward the area through significant change. Delivered by Enfield Council with support from the Mayor of London.
Jan Kattein + Fisher Cheng, 2023
Birch Selsdon is a newly opened members club and 181 bedroom hotel in Croydon. The notable mansion has been transformed by interior designers A-nrd.Join for a guided tour and insight into the hotel's interiors with designer Alessio Nardi.
Holder Mathias Architects, 2022
A celebration of Tottenham Hale’s green spaces and the communities that are shaping them. This walking tour will explore the emerging green grid from Tottenham High Road to the River Lee, set against the backdrop of an evolving urban centre
Project Centre, Levitt Bernstein, James Waterton, LUC
A 3 hour walking tour based around Royal Albert Dock that takes in architecture including London City Airport, The Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery and the much politicised Royal Albert Dock development with some unexpected stop offs along the way.
Royal Albert Dock development, 2019
A walking tour with the Twentieth Century Society, exploring the modern architectural and design heritage of Croydon town centre. Croydon is London Borough of Culture 2023 and is home to some of the finest post-war buildings in Britain.
E H Rabbits (1818-74) was a major contributor to the development of suburban Sutton.This linear walk will look at a number of the buildings he is associated with an other sites on the way to illustrate the Victorian development of Sutton.
Discover the fascinating site that was home of John Lubbock and frequently visited by his neighbour Charles Darwin. See remains of the manor house's terraced gardens, stable yard, walled garden and eco-friendly BEECHE education centre.
Sir John Lubbock Third, 1840
This fun and engaging walking tour — led by architect and Golden Key Academy graduate and architect Áine Grace — uses archive film to demonstrate the futuristic ideas and shifting identities at the heart of Thamesmead, an architecturally bold New Town built on former marshland by the Greater London Council between 1964 and 1986.
GLC Architects' Department, 1960
Guided walking tours of the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital, taking in the Hospital's historic Chapel, its beautiful grounds, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and Bethlem Gallery. Open House 2023 tours delivered as part of This is Croydon, London Borough of Culture, with the support of Mayor of London and Croydon Council.
Cheston and Elcock, 1930
Drop in / Walking tour
The Electric Barge is a wide-beam canal boat moored in Paddington. The barge (with fully electric propulsion) was purpose designed and built for use as canal based classroom 20 years ago, operating as a charity: The Floating Classroom.
Abels Shipbuilders, 2000
Drop in / Talk
The purpose-built library is a fine example of brutalist architecture. Built by Hugh Lea, Borough Architect for Croydon, in 1968 the main volume shows miesian influence with an abundance of natural light, interrupted by a concrete cuboid.
Hugh Lea , 1966
Guided tour / Young people
institution/profession, scientific, library
The home of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1874, refurbished in 2007. Part of the extension to Burlington House to provide accommodation for learned societies.
Robert Richardson Banks and Charles Barry, 1874
health, garden, event
West Kentish Town Conservation Area. Brandon Cadbury, (of the famous philanthropic chocolatiers) was so impressed with our founder and young peoples services he donated our building. As a thank you, we named the charity after him in 1984.
Through the keyhole of special spaces and places across London and beyond.
Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable.
We open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.
Accelerate empowers young Londoners to pursue careers in architecture, landscape and city-making.
Volunteer your time, make a one off donation or become an Open City Friend and receive a package of exciting rewards.