Open House, one of the most important global institutions for the promotion of architecture comes to Lagos this weekend with the objective of providing an opportunity to see, explore and learn about Lagos’ amazing architecture. Highlights include access to some of the newest, most innovative constructions in West Africa, as well as many homes of modern and classical architectural distinction.

Scheduled for Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, 2016, over twenty buildings will open their doors to the public for free, offering a unique opportunity to know on a first-hand basis the impact of architecture on the city from a careful selection of  beautifully designed residences, innovative infrastructure projects and prestigious civic buildings. Visitors can also join in themed bus tours led by well-informed, trained tour guides and take home festival memorabilia including the limited edition festival guide. Buildings to be visited are; Mass HOMMS; Nigerian Railway Compound – selected houses; Headquarters Main Office Building (Old Running Shed), Old Running Shed, Illukwe House, Jaekel House, Locomotive Shed; British Council, Ikoyi; Bogobiri House, Ikoyi; Alara Store, Victoria Island; Plot G9, Banana Island; Radisson Blue Hotel, Victoria Island; Malaika Mews, Lekki; Maison Farenheit, Victoria Island; Alara Store, Victoria Island; Freedom Park, Lagos Island; Nestoil Tower, Fine & Country, Victoria Island; GTBank UNILAG Alumni Building; GTBank, Bayo Kuku, Ikoyi; House A5, Carlton Gate; German Consulate, Okotie-Eboh; Carlton Gate, Junaid Dikko’s house; Makoko Hotspot; Iga Idunganran Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Lagos Island; Legacy buildings – Da Rocha House, Lagos Island, Lumpkin House, Lagos Island, Ilojo Bar/Olaiya House, Lagos Island, St Geroge’s Hall, Vaughan House, Lagos Island; Iya Alaso-Oke Mosque, Lagos Island; Shitta Mosque, Lagos Island; Central Mosque, Lagos Island; Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina; Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island; Makoko floating school, Makoko; House on The Rock, Victoria Island; Churchgate Towers, Victoria Island; Heritage Place; UNILAG buildings – Senate Building, Guest House, Faculty of Sciences; Friedrich Ebert Foundation Building– Staff House Terrace, VC Lodge; Sterling Bank, Ebute-Metta Hall

Launched by the British Council as part of its UK/NG cultural season, Open House Lagos “is first of its kind in Africa. Architecture in creative sector we have not been known to work in extensively in Nigeria. We have been privileged to gain access to buildings that truly demonstrate the best of Lagos architecture. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the weekend’s festivities for Open House Lagos 2016.” – Ojoma Ochai, Director Arts, British Council Nigeria.

The Open House Worldwide Family brand was created in 2010, connecting a community of over 30 cities, which organize annual events with the same model, and an audience of over 1 million people who participate in Open House events across the globe. The concept’s success is due to it acting as an exemplary model of engagement with a city’s citizens, and a step towards bridging the gap between experts and users.

The Open House concept was founded in 1992 in London by Victoria Thornton, with the aim of fostering a better understanding of architecture and the built environment outside the profession. To reflect the ever-growing number of cities adopting the concept around the world.

Well-designed buildings and public spaces are vital in creating and sustaining a vibrant city and Open House Lagos will enable the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgments about the architecture of their city.”

Open House Lagos is proudly supported by Sterling Bank Nigeria, City FM, WFM, Spice TV, Guardian TV, The Guardian, Hello Magazine, Omenka magazine, Mania Magazine, Genevieve magazine, Wings magazine, Exquisite Magazine, Guardian Life, Bellanaija, 54 Artistry, Pride magazine, TSA, Olorisupergal, Olodo Nation, 360 Nobs, Guardian Arts and Pulse NG.

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