Open House London 2012
2012 is the 20th anniversary of Open House London, whose concept is to show examples of well designed buildings which have a positive impact and to engage everyone in the conversation. Best of all, it’s a FREE weekend of special events, and some of them will take you to ballet-related buildings.
The scheme has been adopted by 25 cities worldwide, so look out for one where you live, if you don’t happen to be in London during the weekend of the 22 – 23 rd September 2012.
This year, the theme is ‘the changing face of London.’
There are 750 buildings and events on offer this year and they include an array of interesting possibilities including :
- major construction and engineering achievements
- neighbourhood and landscape walks
- architect’s talks
- boat tours
- private homes
- night hikes
Additionally, there is a photographic competition running at the same time, so if you snap away and capture any of the people or places in the capital relating to architecture or landscape that fit with this year’s theme of ‘the changing face of London’ you could be in with a chance of winning. The winning photographs will be published in the Architects’ Journal and on the Photographers’ Gallery website.
There is also an iPhone App waiting for you to download.
Plus an Open House London Anniversary book.
You’ll need a copy of the Open House Guide for this year, to see what’s available and what’s involved. Some of the places that you could see yourself visiting include :
- White Lodge – the home of The Royal Ballet lower School and a Grade 11 listed English Palladian Villa
- The Royal Academy of Arts
- Kensington Palace
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
- The Royal Albert Hall
- FARM:shop in Hackney – an urban food ‘hug’ cafe and arts venue in a disused shop, transformed into an urban growing space