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)
13(b) Rowley Way, Abbey Road NW8 0SF
Your annual chance to get inside one of Neave Brown’s lovely flats at Alexandra Road. There’s usually a queue, so get there early. And while you’re waiting walk around the rest of the estate.
20 Goswell Road, EC1M 7AA
Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’s unique estate in the City of London is always a pleasure to visit. Make sure you check out Great Arthur House (which is on the verge of being refurbished) and the lovely leisure centre. Have a wander around, and check out the exhibition.
Tulse Hill, SW2 2QN
This is number one on my ‘go see’ list, not least because Lambeth Council has plans to demolish this leafy estate. The residents are fighting a valiant campaign to save the buildings, designed by the Lambeth Borough Architects Department, and the Twentieth Century Society has also lent its support.
17 Meliot Road, Catford, SE16 1RY
The Prefab Museum in Catford examines and celebrates the life of the Excalibur Estate in Catford, and is well worth a visit. There are tours of the actual estate starting at the museum on Sat & Sun at 230pm.
8 & 10 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park, SE23 3LH
Ah the lovely Walter Segal houses in south London. I couldn’t recommend this estate more. The houses are open on Sunday from 1pm-6pm.
Dennison Point, E15 2LY
The Carpenters Estate was narrowly saved from extinction last year when a deal to turn it into a new UCL outpost collapsed. This year one of the tower blocks, Dennison Point, will be open to the public. Hourly tours are running on Sat from 1pm-5pm to give views across the Olympic Park from the 22nd floor and there will be information about the history of the estate and area available.
St Leonard’s Road, E14 0QT
It’s unlikely there’s anyone left in London who hasn’t seen the Balfron Tower at one event or another over the last few months. As the building awaits its transformation into private housing it has been home to numerous art projects and hosted a day of events during the London Architecture Festival. So, this might be a last chance to see it in its (mostly) original state. Tours run every half hour on Sat 1pm-5pm.
South Kilburn Regeneration
Cambridge Road/Kilburn Park Road, NW6
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Alison Brook Architects are working on the regeneration plans for Bronte and Fielding House in South Kilburn. A good chance to see a long-term project that includes some new affordable housing being built in London. Architects will be on hand to answer questions.
Grundy Street, E14 6DR
These houses might look ordinary, but they are what visitors to the 1951 Festival of Britain architecture exhibition were shown on their long trek out to Poplar all those years ago. Make sure you head over to Chrisp Street Market and the Festival Inn for a pint (both also from the same exhibition). The Balfron Tower is nearby.