LOOK into other people’s homes, private offices and supposedly public buildings. Yes, on again over two days next month is Open House London, that chance to see behind closed doors without having to feign interest in buying, as when a neighbouring property is for sale.
Loving Dalston, of course, is interested in Open House solely for architectural reasons.
Below are a few Hackney buildings that might appeal on Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep 2011. Visits and tours are free.
The following can be seen only if they are pre-booked:
* 39 Parkholme Road E8 3AG (pictured). Remodelling of a terrace house to incorporate thermal efficiency, solar heating and water recycling;
* Adelaide Wharf, 118/120 Queensbridge Road, Haggerston E2 8P (just south of Regents Canal). Modern design clichés or lively and fun?
* Dalston Regeneration Walk: tour of the municipalist Dalston and Gillett squares, the venerable Bootstrap building and adjacent gardens of central E8. Planners will set out to justify the R word.
Queues are likely to form (see website for opening times) at:
* 15 Grazebrook Road N16 OHU;
* 74 Amhurst Road E8 1JH;
* Berger Primary School, Anderson Road E9 6HB;
* Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 50 Hoxton Square N1 6PB.
Looking beyond East London, in the West End at W1T 4JZ is the 1965-opened BT Tower. Closed years ago because of terrorism fears. Visitors will be able to view London from the revolving 34th floor. Don’t forget to take binoculars.