Open House London returns once again with bigger, better and brighter buildings that promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. We celebrate London architecture with a roundup of 10 of the best buildings open on 17th & 18th September 2016.
London’s skyline is ever growing and one of the most prominent buildings of the moment is The Shard. It towers above the London skyline, at 310 metres to the top.
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Have you ever wanted to live like the prime minister in the powerhouse of Britain? You can visit 10 Downing Street but need to enter a public ballot to be in with a chance to tour the building. It was designed by starchitect of the past, Sir Christopher Wren and William Kent who built it in 1684.
Anyone who visited or watched the London 2012 Olympics will recognise the ArcelorMittal Orbit. It towers at a staggering 114.5m with a new feature, the world’s longest tunnel slide where visitors can descend in around 40 seconds. Designed by Anish Kapoor, it is a everlasting reminder of the Olympic legacy.
Designed by Richard Seifert, Tower 42 is the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. It was the first skyscraper in London and is home to one of Britain’s leading banks, Natwest. If seen from above, the shape of the tower bears a resemblance to that of the NatWest logo.
This building is famous on many levels. It has appeared in films such as For Queen and Country and Never Let Me Go and iconic music videos for the likes of Blur and Depeche Mode. The Grade II listed building was completed in 1972, the era of housing development.
For over 800 years, Lambeth Palace has been the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Constructed in the early part of the 20th century, it has stood the test of time and is very much integrated in British culture.
The Foreign &
Sir George Gilbert Scott designed many of London’s greatest buildings including the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel and the Albert Memorial but he also designed the modern day Foreign & Commonwealth building in 1868. Indulge in the finest architecture from sweeping staircases to elaborate ceilings with ornate detail.
By UK Government - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-commemorates-world-war-1-centenary, OGL 2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34599566
One of the newest buildings in this list, the Leadenhall building opened in July 2014 and has also been given the nickname ‘The Cheesegrater’ because of its distinctive block shape. It is home to many high profile companies and has become an established landmark of London.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Designed by one of Britain’s architectural geniuses, Sir Christopher Wren, the current St. Paul’s Cathedral was official completed on Christmas day 1711. It is one of the most famous and most familiar sights of London. The dome is one of the highest in the world and Many iconic celebrations have been held here from the jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, St Paul’s Cathedral occupies a prominent place in British history.
A Grade II listed building, Wimbledon Windmill is located on Wimbledon Common. Formally a working mill it is now a museum that details the history of windmills and features interactive exhibits. It is one of only a handful of Windmills that are still standing in London.
By Adrian Robson at English Wikipedia
All of the above buildings are open to the public on the 17th & 18th September. Open House is free to the general public, with hundreds of buildings listed for public viewings. For more information click here.
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