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Public to explore capital’s architecture in Open House London

23 August 2013 No Comment

The public is to be given unprecedented access to some of London’s best known and iconic buildings across one weekend in September, including the Shard, the Gherkin and Lloyds of London, independent.co.uk reports.

The ‘capital’s greatest architectural showcase’

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Open House London celebrates ‘all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods’, according to its website. In what is now an annual event, the ‘capital’s greatest architectural showcase’ provides free access to over 750 offices, houses and historical monuments.

Opportunity to explore and learn about the London’s architecture

The idea behind Open House London, says Victoria Thornton, the founder of organiser, Open City is to give the public a chance to see and understand the capital’s myriad structures.

Interested parties will be able to admire the skyscraper design of the Shard, the Gherkin and Tower 42, in addition to touring Battersea Power Station, architectsjournal.co.uk writes.

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There will be talks around the Olympic regeneration of the East End and walks to major construction sites led by civil engineers.

Those concerned about the industry’s impact on the environment will have the opportunity to visit zero-carbon, retrofit and eco-friendly buildings, learning how to make changes in their own homes. Architects and designers will also be on hand throughout the event to discuss how they plan and develop cities.

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Thornton added:

“Open House is a unique and vibrant annual event, offering people across London the chance to explore and learn about the capital’s architecture.

“This year, we’re putting together a great programme of open buildings, walks, tours and talks taking in everything from award-winning contemporary homes to major regeneration areas.”

London Open House takes place on 21 – 22 September.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 23 August 2013

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