Open House London 2015

Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. Now in its 23rd year, it is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places, and neighbourhoods where we live and work.

Saturday 19th September 2015 - Sunday 20th September 2015

Don’t miss Open House weekend at King’s Cross!

We have a fantastic line up of themed tours guided by architects, historians and other specialists. They’ll show you around, take you behind the scenes and give you the low-down on this fascinating site. All tours are free of charge, but places are limited. Click on the times below to book your slot.

Gardens, Parks and Playgrounds Tour
Sat at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30 & Sun at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30
Parks, gardens and places to play are central to the development at King’s Cross. This tour takes you into areas not as yet accessible to the public. You’ll visit a hidden garden, the new park being created in a historic gasholder guideframe and newly created playspace. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you about the design of the parks and gardens and the strategy for “greening” King’s Cross.

Archaeology and Industrial Heritage Tour
Sat at 12:00 and 2:00 & Sun at 12:00 and 2:00
Join Rebecca Haslam from Pre Construct Archaeology as she explores the history and evolution of the Goods Yard from its inception under the Great Northern Railway to its demise in the post-war period.

Rebecca will look at how the Goods Yard was built and how it functioned as a rail, road and canal interchange to meet the growing demands of London during the 19th and 20th centuries. The tour will explore the impact of the aerial bombardment of the Second World War and the area’s decline in the second half of the 20th century. Rebecca will look at how this wonderful complex came close to being lost to vandalism and decay before being sensitively restored and given a new lease of life as part of the current redevelopment. Don’t miss this fascinating tour!

Ponds, Vegetables and Vistas Tour
Sat at 10:45, 12:45 and 2:45 & Sun at 10:45, 12:45 and 2:45
How can a pond be a work of art? How do you grow food in the middle of a construction site? Join us to find out as we tour the freshwater swimming pond that is also a piece of art and the sustainable community garden that moves around as the site is developed. We’ll visit one of the many roof gardens to take in a great views across King’s Cross and the rest of London. Our guides will uncover these hidden gems and answer your questions about the history and future of the site.

Energy Centre Tour
Sat only at 10:00 and 11:30
King’s Cross is one of the most energy-efficient developments in the UK and the Energy Centre is the powerhouse that drives sustainability and carbon efficiency here. Join us as we take you on a tour of the centre with its two huge, gas powered Jenbacher engines. These engines generate electricity for the site and the excess heat is captured and used to provide heating and hot water. This district-wide energy system is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Masterplanning a New Piece of City Tour
Sat at 11.00 and 1.00 & Sun at 11.00 and 1.00
The development at King’s Cross has grown out of a masterplan and a set of guiding principles –Principles for a Human City. The plan was developed over 10 years ago through much collaboration and consultation. It was never intended to be a blueprint, but instead is a flexible framework from which the streets, public spaces and buildings at King’s Cross are developed over time. Architects from Allies and Morrison will talk through the masterplan, and the principles it is based on, using the site model. You’ll then be taken on a tour which demonstrates how the plan and guiding principles are being put into practice today.

 

STOP PRESS…

All tickets for the King’s Cross Pond Club are free during Open House weekend!!. To book for this fully immersive art experience, please call Fusion on 020 3818 6500

Location

King’s Cross Visitor Centre
11 Stable Street
London
N1C 4AB

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