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18 August 2013

Open House Weekend - 21st-22nd September

London Open House Weekend is a chance to explore some of the best architecture London has to offer. Locally there are a number of buildings you can visit:

Crystal Palace Subway - Crystal Palace Parade
Magnificent subway built by Italian craftsmen resembling a vaulted crypt. Part of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway system demolished in 1961.
Saturday:10am-to-5pm. Pre-book ONLY by email on openhouse@cpsubway.org.uk

Drake House - Lordship Lane - Sunday 10am-5pm
London's oldest concrete domestic structure and Grade II listed former vicarage. Now restored and converted by Hexagon Housing Association in partnership with Heritage of London Trust and converted to provide 5 apartments.

Brunel Museum - Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF,close to Rotherhithe Station
Guided descents of subterranean chamber half the size of Shakespeare's Globe. Trains to view Thames Tunnel portico, one time shopping arcade, banquet hall and fairground.

Horniman Museum and Gardens
A landmark building - Charles Harrison Townsend's original arts and crafts building (1901) and his ideas on the arts and crafts aesthetic. The 16.5 acre gardens have re-opened after major redevelopment by Land Use Consultants (2012) including a Pavilion by Walters Cohen plus a bandstand terrace with views over London.
Sunday behind the scenes tours at 2pm & 4pm, pre-book ONLY via Horniman website.

Forest Hill Pools - Dartmouth Road
New facility providing community pools, fitness, cafe and meeting rooms whilst retaining the original Victorian pool superintendant's building.

TNG Wells Park Youth Venue - 111 Wells Park Road
A new youth and community venue developed in consultation with young people, using a simple and robust material palette of exposed timber structure, porcelain-like pre-cast concrete panels and translucent curved polycarbonate. Dramatic, open spaces connect through the building with viewing points and stage-like staircases.

Walter Segal self-build houses - 8 & 10 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park
A close of 13 self-built houses. Each house is unique, many extended and built using a method developed by Walter Segal, who led the project in the 1980s. Both houses have benefited from extensions and renovations. Sustainable features include solar electric, water and space heating.

The Capitol - 11-21 London Road
Formerly Capitol Cinema, Grade II listed rare survival of a complete 1920's cinema in Art Deco style, later a bingo hall and now a Wetherspoon pub.

Coach House - 11a Sydenham Hill, SE26 6SH, London, England
Combining a rich palette of traditional and vernacular materials with a contemporary understanding of detail and space, this house proposes a new vision of domesticity based on craft, tactility and light.

SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility - Landmann Way, off Surrey Canal Road, SE14 5RS
First new generation 'state of the art' Energy Recovery Facility providing long-term sustainable solution for waste disposal, and producing electricity for National Grid. Designed to minimise visual impact whilst remaining a high quality landmark building.

Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility  -  3 Devon Street, off Old Kent Road, SE15 1JR
One of Europe's most advanced recycling facilities, comprising many sustainable features including grey water, solar panels and green roof. Designed for the purpose of turning waste into a resource.

1 comment:

Forest Hill Society said...

One more to add:

Forest Mews 56a Rockbourne Road, SE23 2DD

Three bespoke houses, each with a studio and courtyard, set around a communal courtyard. Each courtyard of the house forms the centre of the open plan ground floor, with living on one side and studio on the other. inspired by views of ivy growing over trees in wintertime - all three houses are to be clad with striking green walls, trained to a geometric pattern.