CELEBRATING
GOOD DESIGN IN
THE CITY'S
BUILT ENVIRONMENT

OPEN HOUSE LAGOS IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT SHOWCASES OUTSTANDING ARCHITECTURE AND GOOD DESIGN IN LAGOS FOR ALL TO EXPERIENCE, COMPLETELY FOR FREE.

Open House Lagos runs an annual weekend festival that invites everyone to understand the value of a well-designed built environment by exploring Lagos, celebrating its architectural growth and the way people interact with their environment. The concept explores Lagos architectural history and encourages people to think about their environment by seeing the old, the new and what the City can be.

We offer residents, local and International visitors an enriched cultural experience by providing an opportunity to access buildings not normally open to the public and bridge the gap between the physical city and its environment.

Open House Lagos is part of the Open House Worldwide Network, founded by Open House London.

First started in London 25 years ago and now in over 35 cities around the world, the success of the Open House Weekend is due to its approach of offering diverse, direct design experiences, free-of-charge, in a non-elitist manner. It annually reaches 750,000 people worldwide—the largest audience of any public-facing architecture program.

OPEN HOUSE WORLDWIDE

The Open House concept was founded in London in 1992 by Victoria Thornton, aiming to create a wider community able to engage with architecture on their own terms and argue for a better quality of built environment.

Open House facilitates opportunities for a city’s inhabitants to directly experience how well-designed cities can improve their lives, by opening examples of architectural excellence to the public. These experiences stimulate dialogue about architecture and learning, which empowers people to advocate for a well- designed built environment.

The concept resonated with cities internationally and the organic growth of independent Open House cities led to the creation of the Open House Worldwide Family of affiliated cities in 2010, which has grown to more than 30 cities across five continents. The exponential growth of the concept suggests it is an international zeitgeist, revealing a global need for the experiences that Open House curates.

The core of the Open House concept is simple, but powerful; facilitating direct experience of architectural excellence, free-of-charge, in a non-elitist manner as part of a process of catalysing design advocacy. The Open House approach is independent, apolitical, inclusive, and accessible. Open House is a worldwide phenomenon with common values, but each city operates at a local level – a feature that is critical to its success in a particular city. Programmes respond to the particularities of the local environment.

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