Friday, September 12, 2008

Open House London 2008

Open House
Open House London: Architecture Up Close
Open House Press, 2008, REF 720 OPE

On Sunday 21st 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 700 buildings old and new across London – many of which are normally closed to the public.

For London Open House, not only will you be able to tour the Adam brothers- designed properties of their Adelphi Development that the RSA now inhabits, including a pub, some wine cellars and an underground street, but there will be a display of materials from our Archive, detailing this history of the Society; staff from our Projects department will be there to explain the work we do now; and our Fellowship team will be there to discuss how you can get involved in its future.

The full 70 page colour guide to the event can be purchase or downloaded from Open House’s shop, for £4.50 and £3.50 respectively. Alternatively, copies are available free of charge from participating London Borough libraries, or for RSA Fellows, from the RSA Library, and you can search their listings here.

The RSA House will be open from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 21 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 require advanced bookings.

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