Its September and that can only mean one thing..... my birthday! Well, yes.. that and Open House London. In case you don't know Open House is an organisation that in conjunction with many private, public and residential owners/architects/designers/buildings offers the public, for two days free admission to see, wander around and listen to tours about the buildings that are so prevalent in our lives. Sounds good right? And for the most part it is, its a wonderful idea to get people interested in architecture and design but there is a big BUT for all it's wonderful attributes and the amazing task in getting all these wonderful buildings open it falls short quite often in communication and basic organisation and leaves many frustrated and annoyed. I have now tried three times, all three years have been a pain in the back side.
This has been this year:
So Open House offered the public once final chance to see inside the beautiful Battersea Power Station before it gets turned into horrible modern "luxury" apartments, shop and cinema complex that age quickly and that the average Joe Bloggs of this city couldn't and wont be able to afford, i am glad something is being done to this building but just not that, anyway thats another conversation for another day. Open House had advertised that Battersea was going to be open in the media heavily, so they should have known that alot of people would turn up right? Weeeeeeeeell, seemingly not.
Below is a map, the station on the right, the reds dots indicating the queue to get in. I turned up around 10:15m, the end of the queue was at Albert Bridge, at one point Twitter was saying it stretched well over 1 mile long!