- Posted on 20th September 2011 by Nicola Holden
This weekend was Open House London, an event where hundreds of buildings opened their doors to the public, giving us a unique opportunity to get under the skin of London’s amazing and varied architecture.
The highlight for me this year was being awarded tickets through the ballot to go up the BT Tower.
This iconic building, towering 189 metres into the London skyline, dates back to 1965. The revolving viewing platform is on the 34th floor, 158 meters above ground level, and affords wonderful views across all of London. Luckily for me, despite weather reports to the contrary, the sun was shining whilst I was up the tower.
|The Cruciform Building, UCL||Matchbox London|
|Crescent Overlooking Regents Park||St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel|
From the BT Tower I had a leisurely stroll around that area of London:
- Past the contemporary frontage of Roka on Charlotte Street (I love the mix of modern metal and glass with the beautiful grained wood of the front door).
- Down University Street and past the Cruciform Building (which does not obviously show off its cruciform structure from ground level), and the colonnaded frontage of UCL.
- A peek into the amazing Gothic structure that is the recently refurbished St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel (sadly the tours around this building were very over-subscribed).
- To the German Gymnasium where the architects model of a refurbished Kings Cross Station was on view.
All in all, a great day of soaking up some of the rich and complex variety of architecture that London has to show.
“Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.”
Images © Nicola Holden.