Missed Open House New York? Peek Inside Private Places in Six Other Cities
If you didn't make it to this past weekend's Open House New York festival and are salivating over your friends' (or our own) cool shots of some hidden gems, don't fret. All is not lost. NYC is not the only city to swing open its doors and invite the public into spaces that usually never see the light of day, or at least the flash of cameras.
Open House Worldwide is a project that started in London in 1992 by Open-City to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the program has expanded toyou've guessed it21 cities across the globe.
Here's what Open House events are coming up next:
Chicago: October 19 & 20 - From historic to ultra-modern, the only 'other' Open House in the US (San Diego opens in 2014) exposes the best of this Midwestern city. Hotels, theaters and high-rises are on the list, but the iconic Berghoff Restaurant has us really intrigued; it's all about that architecture and bratwurst! Official website
Barcelona: October 19 & 20 - Explore the Olympic Stadium or even some Roman ruins in the 48-hour event spanning the ten city boroughs. No doubt some Gaudí and Picasso will pop into an itinerary. Official website
Thessaloniki: October 18-20 - Head to Greece's second largest city to peek inside some historic hotels, private residences and even an ancient monument or two. Official website
Tel Aviv: May 2-4, 2014 - High schools, the popular shipping port and famed architect's private apartments are on the list to see and be seen in this Israeli metropolis. Official website
Melbourne: July 26 & 27, 2014 - One of four Aussie cities to host an event, the 'Cultural Capital' showcases portable iron houses, hospital tunnels and even the Shrine of Remembrance amongst its 100+ buildings. Official website
London: September 20 & 21 2014 - If you've ever wanted to check out the Gherkin, this weekend is your chance. Along with the Lloyd's of London building and abandoned Battersea Power Station, the original Open House is full of wonder. Official website
There are 14 other locations to explore, so check out the full list on their main site.