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Open House 2007

More than 600 buildings in London opened their doors to the public on the 15th and 16th September 2007 for the annual Open House weekend. The free event, which celebrates its 15th anniversary, aims to honour good design and architecture.

Open House hopes that allowing free access to a diverse example of the city's most celebrated, historic, modern, innovative, or unique buildings, Londoners will be encouraged to think about how good architecture and design can affect their quality of life.

The weekend went off with a flurry of Londoners visiting notable buildings the lenght and breadth of the capital, but here, BBC London, picks a selection of buildings we thought represented highlights of this years Open House.

Village Underground

This collection of recycled tube train carriages set upon an old railway viaduct has created a distinctive new creative studio complex in the heart of Shoreditch. Designed by architects Auro Foxcroft & Nicholas Laurent, eco-features include the use of solar panels.

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane EC2A 3PQ, Sat - 10am-5pm.

The Village Underground in EC2

The Village Underground

The Rooftop Nursery

How to solve the problem of having a safe play-area for children in space-restricted Hackney? Put it on the roof, of course. Completed in 2005, the nursery features the UK's first granulated rubber play roof. Inside, is just as innovative: The moveable walls allows for 50 different layout configurations.

Rooftop Nursery, 6 Ottaway Street E5 8PX.

Rooftop Nursery

The Rooftop Nursery

3 Acorns Retro Eco-House

Although this looks like any other Victorian terraced-house, it has been converted into the only zero-carbon emission home in London. Sustainable features include solar hot water, solar electric (photovoltaics), domestic wind-turbine, wood-burner and rain-harvester. It is owned by leading eco-writer Donnachadh McCarthy.

3 Acorns Retro Eco-House, 2 Coleman Road, Camberwell SE5 7TG.

3 Acorns

3 Acorns retro Eco-House

St Bartholomew's Hospital

Visitors are invited to one of the oldest and most famous hospitals in the world - and you don't need to be ill! The North Wing will be open with its Great Hall, Guild Room, hospital museum and the famous Hogarth staircase. The West Wing will also be open.

St Barts Hospital, West Smithfield EC1A 7BE.

St Barts

St Barts, West Wing

Brockwell Lido

With the pool already back open, Brockwell Lido's £3.5 million refurbishment will be completed this September with the extension that includes a fitness and wellbeing centre with hydrotherapy pool, gym, sauna, steam room and studios.

The extension was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects to mirror the strong horizontal lines of the original art deco style of the 1930s.

Brockwell Lido, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill.

last updated: 18/09/07

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