Open House is the world’s largest architecture festival which gives free public access to London’s iconic buildings. We recently opened our doors to Open House London for the second year in a row, with more than 400 visitors coming to see our campus on the day.
A lot has changed since we last hosted the event in 2016 with Ford, Plexal and Ladbrokes Coral joining us at Here East. We’re thrilled that the campus is now 70% let, and we’re proud to be part of the thriving economic legacy of the London Olympics.
On the day visitors got to meet the architects behind the incredible transformation of our space Hawkins Brown. Visitors were also given an insight into our newest development the Gantry, which is being launched in partnership with the Wikihouse Foundation. A small prototype pod is currently on show in the Here East yard. Grimshaw Architects led the tour of Plexal innovation centre based at Here East which has been designed as a mini city using principles of modern urban planning and tech clusters to include a high street, leisure park and main square. Visitors were shown around the Plexal facilities which included their 220-seater events stage, Central Park, town hall, bustling high street, Makers' Yard for rapid prototyping, Innovation Hub for workshops, meeting rooms, fixed desks and hot-desking zones.
Other hightlights from the day included an exclusive opening from Gavin Turk, the leading British artist and veteran of the Hackney Wick artistic community. Open House visitors received a tour of his temporary studio and gallery at Here East. Studio Wayne McGregor, home to the internationally renowned choreographer and director, Wayne McGregor and his company of dancers, also opened for a viewings during the event. The studio was the first arts organisation to be based at Here East and encourages collaboration across arts, science, technology and research. Comprising of three dance studios, including two of the largest in London, and a series of spaces in which to collaborate, make and create visitors of got to explore these amazing spaces. Loughborough University London has gone from strength to strength in the past year and Student Ambassadors gave visitors a tour of the university’s London post-grad campus which specialises in technology, design and business.
We also hosted a workshop from make:good, the participatory design and architecture studio who delivered a hands on family workshop exploring shape, structure and pattern in the build environment. they worked with children to create a mini city made out of arts, crafts and plywood.