Open House London 2013

Who's opening up their premises in Wandsworth

Open House London celebrates all that is best about thecapital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free. The dates for 2013 are 21 & 22 September.

The full programme has details and opening times of all buildings and events.
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Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access. The organisers saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.

The following buildings will be open in Wandsworth this year.

BAC (Battersea Arts Centre)

Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN, London, England

Designed and built as Battersea's Town Hall and home to BAC for the last 30 years. Striking features include a glass bee mosaic floor.

Battersea Power Station

Access via new power station park: approaching from Chelsea, cross over Chelsea Bridge and proceed down the stairs on the left, SW8 5BN, London, England

Hosting site visits as part of Open House for the first time and the last opportunity to see one of London's most iconic buildings before it is renovated.

Brandlehow Primary School

Brandlehow Road, SW15 2ED, London, England

Series of extensions to a listed modern school by Erno Goldfinger formed from prefabricated timber elements clad with cedar boards.

Diamond House

24 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA, London, England

Refurbishment of, and extension to, a 5-storey house with diamond-shaped footprint. A large void has opened up between the basement and ground floor.

Emanuel School

Battersea Rise, SW11 1HS, London, England

Former Royal Patriotic orphanage by Henry Saxon Snell 1871, converted to school 1883, with 1896 additions.

Foster Partners Studio

Riverside, 22 Hester Road, SW11 4AN, London, England

Single-space, double-height purpose-built architects' studio 60 metres long - part of a larger river-side building that has 30 apartments.

Gala Bingo Hall (former Granada Cinema)

Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA, London, England

Exceptional example of the 'super cinema style' of the 1930s with outstanding Gothic interior by Theodore Komisarjevsky.

National Tennis Centre Sports Canopy

100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5JQ, London, England

The world's first composite demountable air-beamcanopy, spanning 42m, to support player training and development on the Centre's clay courts. 

Nightingale Triangle Wow Factor

58 Temperley Road, SW12 8QD, London, England

Lowered rear of house achieving a level glassy kitchen/dining/living/garden terrace, with loft under ridge, all eco-friendly.

Nine Elms Walk

Meet: Sat 1pm at Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, Prince Edward Road for refreshments and introductory talk, SE11 5HL, London, England

Nine Elms on South Bank is the largest regeneration zone in central London. Walk includes talk on history of Vauxhall.

Pump House Gallery

Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ, London, England

Beautiful Grade II listed Victorian ex-water tower overlooking Battersea Park lake. Now houses a contemporary art gallery.

Quaker Meeting House

59 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PT, London, England

Grade II listed, this is the oldest Quaker meeting house in Greater London (1778), with original panelling and a ministers' gallery.

Roehampton King's Head Pub

1 Roehampton High Street, SW15 4HL, London, England

The present building dates from at least the 1670s, but was most likely to have originated as a farmhouse in the Medieval period.

Roehampton University - Parkstead House, Whitelands College

Holybourne Avenue, SW15 4JD, London, England

Beautifully sited Grade I listed neo-classical Palladian villa built for the 2nd Earl of Bessborough by the royal architect William Chambers.

Royal College of Art Dyson Building

1 Hester Road, SW11 4AN, London, England

Centrepiece building of the RCA's Battersea Campus housing the printmaking, photography and Innovation RCA departments.

St Mary's Church, Battersea

Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA, London, England

Classic Grade I listed Georgian church with outstanding interior and monuments. New engraved glass doors by Sally Scott.

The De Morgan Centre

38 West Hill, SW18 1RX, London, England

An imposing white brick building with large bay window and original Arts and Crafts ceilings. Former reference library (1887).

The Hanging Bathroom of Balham

13 Blandfield Road, SW12 8BQ, London, England

Existing minute bathroom and garden, transformed designing a first floor luxury projected bathroom and level decked garden, creating another room.

Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Road, SW16 1RU, London, England

The pool measures 100 x 33 yards and contains one million gallons of unheated water. Modernised in the 1930s hence the iconic, multi-coloured …

Wandsworth Prison Museum

27 Heathfield Road, SW18 3HR, London, England

Built in the Victorian grand design, a radial pattern of wings and landings from a central point with an impressive gatehouse.


September 6, 2013