Revealing ‘The Cheesegrater’ at Open House 2014

The Leadenhall Building, the City of London building affectionately known as ‘The Cheesegrater’, has been revealed as the centrepiece of Open House 2014.

Members of the public will be able to access the building on 20th and 21st September, with up to 50 tickets available for a private viewing to be held on the evening of 20th September, details of which will be included in the Open House Guide.

The Leadenhall Building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for developers British Land and Oxford Properties, has earned its nickname on account of its distinctive slanting profile, designed to protect the views of St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street. At 224 meters it is the City of London’s tallest building, but is equally recognisable at street level where it creates half an acre of new public space running underneath the building.

To mark the inclusion of The Leadenhall Building in Open House 2014, and to reflect the enormous changes that have taken place in London since the launch of Open House twenty two years’ ago, the iconic Open House ‘key’ skyline logo has been redesigned for the first time. The redesign, which highlights some of London’s most recognisable and best loved landmarks shows The Leadenhall Building alongside 30 St. Mary Axe, commonly referred to as The Gherkin. Open House Logo was successful in applying for trademark status in 2011.

The overall theme for Open House 2014 London is ‘Revealing’, with the two day event aiming to shed light on the latest contemporary architecture shaping our city today.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the impact of buildings on their lives – from homes, to offices, to public buildings – and the role of architects and contemporary design in revitalising places and spaces, and shaping the city as a whole.

Victoria Thornton, Founding Director of Open-City comments:

“Tall buildings always capture the public’s imagination, and so we are thrilled to have The Leadenhall Building, the newest addition to London’s skyline, as part of Open House 2014. London is changing more rapidly than ever before and there is huge interest in this year’s event. We hope record numbers of visitors will take the time to explore the capital’s architecture, and learn about the fabric of this wonderful city.”

British Land and Oxford Properties, said:

“We are immensely proud of The Leadenhall Building, which is why, having unveiled the building to the real estate industry, we are throwing it open to members of the public for the first time at this year’s Open House. The building’s nickname, ‘The Cheesegrater’ is testament to the affection in which it is already held, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of Londoners to the building in September and telling them the fascinating story behind it.”

Open House London’s selection of buildings for 2014 is more comprehensive than ever before providing a great opportunity to see, explore and learn about amazing architecture and design in your area and across London over one weekend. More than 800 buildings of all kinds not normally open to the public will open their doors across London, alongside a programme of neighbourhood walks, architects on site, engineering and landscape tours, cycle rides and experts’ talks – all for free.

New entries for 2014 include:

  • The Leadenhall Building, Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners, 2014
  • London School of Economics: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, O’Donnell + Tuomey, 2014.
  • JW3-Jewish Community Centre London, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, 2013
  • Royal Road, Panter Hudspith Architects, 2013
  • University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street, Heneghan Peng Architects, 2014
  • The Tree House, 6a Architects, 2013
  • Rambert, Allies and Morrison, 2013
  • Queen’s Chapel (St James’s Palace)

Further details of the full programme in 2014 will be published in the 2014 Guide, available 15th August 2014. Open House London App available mid August with map and favourites option.