Craig David is keeping it real in his new video, hanging out at the Lubetkin-designed Sivill House and raving it up on the wider Dorset Estate.
Can you believe it’s that time of year again, Open House London 2015 is just around the corner!
It takes place over the weekend of 19/20 September and I’m sure most of you will have your weekend carefully planned by now. However, if you have any spare time go and visit one or two of these council estates.
I wrote a brief history of social housing for an exhibition currently on the Second Floor Gallery at the RIBA – In The Making: New Social Housing.
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is lucky. It’s getting a new museum. And this isn’t just any old museum, it’s a mobile museum – the brainchild of artist Verity-Jane Keefe.
There may be no Trellick Tower on the programme this year, but there’s still plenty of estates to be seen over the annual Open House weekend (20-21 September, 2014).
So, in no particular order, here are LLCH’s top picks. (Titles marked with a * are linked to posts on this blog)
Rik is a friend of a friend and we once partied for a 24 hours in Berlin at Berghain, where the surrounding buildings don’t look dissimilar from the photograph above, which is of the Heygate Estate.
As far as feature staircases go, this is the best I’ve ever seen. Just look at it. It’s bloody awesome.
This is a council estate of a very rare kind – the kind that the residents not just helped design, but actually built themselves.
A bit of an unusual one this week. The Excalibur Estate in Catford, south London is pretty unique. It’s the only pre-fabricated post-war housing estate left in London.
I like to think of The Golden Lane Estate as the Barbican’s smaller, more colourful and friendlier neighbour.