Open House Festival


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Hounslow: Isleworth

Hounslow/Isleworth is a neighbourhood that celebrates its diverse cultures and architecture. This includes a historic walking tour including the one-time home to Sir Joseph Banks (Exploring Spring Grove), followed by a journey of civic structures from the Victorian (Isleworth Public Hall with an exhibition presented by the Hounslow & District History Society) to the contemporary (Hounslow House with a photo essay and conversation with architects Sheppard Robson and developers Link City). Other aspects of Hounslow’s rich cultural mix will be on display at the Hounslow Jamid Masjid and Islamic Centre and Hounslow's Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, and there is also architecture that responds to a unique Hounslow environment - an outside rammed earth play area for the children of the Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School that lowers the noise from aircraft landing at Heathrow.

A unique striking playscape and adobe home structure that integrates outside learning with innovative earth forms. Construction is 'rammed' earth made from earth filled tubes. Adobe construction is recognised for sound reducing properties.

Small Earth, 2011

Walking Tour

Exploring Spring Grove Isleworth

miscellaneous, walk/tour

Centred on Spring Grove House, once Sir Joseph Banks home the 1850s vision was for John Taylor Jnr designed grand villas. Today's wider architecture includes a former college by John Norton & P Massey plus quirky arts & crafts properties.

Various including John Taylor Jnr and John Norton & P E Massey , 1860

Guided tour

Hounslow House


The London Borough of Hounslow's 2019 contemporary home designed by Sheppard Robson, with iconic iridescent façade and public and private spaces stitched together by a bold and sculptural staircase, is opening up for architectural tours.

Sheppard Robson Architects, 2019

Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre is the largest purpose built Mosque in West London. Serving the needs of the local community and working towards the common good.

Guided tour

Hounslow Sri Guru Singh Sabha


The Gurdwara exists to serve the local community in the Hounslow and surrounding areas, providing a space within which the community can congregate and worship in accordance with the Sikh faith.

Drop in / Talk

Isleworth Public Hall


Recently refurbished well-executed and colourfully detailed example of Victorian reading and vestry rooms (1863) with added public hall by S Woodridge 1887.

S. Woodbridge, 1863