Open House Festival – The Hidden House

Open House is an annual event taking place since 1992  in London,  started a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture.

By opening London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access, it was a way for everyone to become more informed and aware  about architecture and its importance.

The success of such program as Grand Designs has contributed to increase the interested public’s knowledge, not only of the design process but everything that follows: One of the buildings featured in the program that takes part every year in the festival is the Hidden House, built in Kensington in 2011 by Hoghart Architects.

 

Architect Ian Hoghart, who lives in the house with his family, was on site to talk about the very personal project and to answer questions of visitors, while the family and volunteers showed people around.

Having watched the Grand Designs episode a couple of years back,  walking around the building we experienced of déjà vu, similar to walking into a place that you had only seen in the movies and when visiting felt strangely familiar…

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 Queing for architecture...the entrance is hiddend behind the wall

Queing for architecture...the entrance is hiddend behind the wall

 Architect Ian Hoghart showing a photograph of the building site

Architect Ian Hoghart showing a photograph of the building site

 Looking in from the garden

Looking in from the garden

 An upstairs room

An upstairs room

 The dancefloor

The dancefloor

For further information about the Open House Festival visit the Open House Website and for more information regarding the building featured in the article visit the Hidden House Factsheet

Report by Carlotta Corvi and Simone Eder