Expert-led guided tours will take visitors to this year’s Open House behind the scenes of 12 of the most significant landscape projects that are transforming the capital.

Featured project: Northala Fields, landscape design by FoRM Associates
Featured project: Northala Fields, landscape design by FoRM Associates

On the 17 and 18 September, the Open House project will feature more than 700 architectural gems in an annual showcase of the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods.

For the first time, this year the public will also be able to explore nearly 50 landscape projects from the newly refurbished 270-acre Alexandra Park to the transformation of the Lyric Theatre’s rooftop garden into a contemporary green oasis.

In collaboration with the Landscape Institute, expert-led guided tours have been devised which will take visitors behind the scenes of twelve of the most significant landscape projects that are transforming the capital, including civic areas, parks and hidden gardens.

Victoria Thornton, Director of Open House, said: “Open House is the annual opportunity for Londoners to understand the value of a well-designed city. Last year 89 per cent of participants said the Open House event was the best way to get a better understanding about the design of the capital.”

Tours of the vast 2012 Olympic park, which have already proven fiercely popular, will take place one week in advance on 10-11 September.

Alistair McCapra, CEO of the Landscape Institute, said: “The walks illustrate some of the striking ways in which the capital’s public spaces are being transformed by investment in landscape.”

The Landscape Institute has also teamed up with Open House to create a London landscape map. The map, which can be downloaded here, is separated into the different areas of London and a letter code defines specific landscape projects.

To book tours or for more information, visit www.openhouselondon.org.uk

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