Open House London: Architecture in the Flesh - 15-16 September 2007
Open House Press, 2007, 720 OPE
On Sunday 16th September the doors of 8 John Adam Street will be opened up to the public as the RSA once again takes part in the annual London Open House weekend.
“Open House” is an architecture education organisation that runs a public programme of events which aims to raise the standard of London’s built environment and encourage people to experience and engage with good design. The premier event on their calendar, the annual London Open House weekend is London’s largest architectural ‘exhibition’ and gives everyone the opportunity to visit over 600 buildings old and new across London – many of which are normally closed to the public.
Over 500 people will explore our historic house in a single day, taking the opportunity to experience the unique blend of original period features, artwork and modern architectural design through a leisurely walking tour of the building. All the most attractive and significant rooms of the house will be available for viewing, including the Great Room displaying our celebrated series of paintings by James Barry, the Adelphi Room featuring decorative gouache ceiling panels, and a display of historical items from the RSA Archive.
Other buildings taking part in the event include some of London’s best know and most iconic landmarks, such as The British Airways London Eye, The Trellick Tower, BBC Broadcasting House and St Mary Axe - aka “The Gherkin”.
The full 70 page colour guide to the event can be purchase or downloaded from the Open House website at a cost of £4.00/£3.00. Alternatively, copies are available free of charge from participating London Borough libraries, or for RSA Fellows, from the RSA Library. To plan visit to the house and see which other building in the area will be open, search the Open House interactive map.
The RSA House will be open from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 16 September, with last entry at 4.30pm, no booking is required. All building taking part in London Open House can be viewed free of charge, however a significant number of them (including all those mentioned above) do require advanced bookings.