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Sat Open House: Rambert Dance Studios, Historical Dress Society, Weston Architect and Church [Sep. 18th, 2017|05:36 pm]
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Saturday 16 September: London Open House: Rambert Dance Studios, Historical Dress Society, Weston Architect and Church

On saturday we all met at Waterloo to follow Heather route that day around Lambeth/Southward land. Simon did an even better description than i did as we went along so using his words :)

1. Rambert Dance Company.
This was an ugly soulless grey concrete box with architectural highlights borrowed from multi-storey carparks… and yet it worked. The architects had listened to the dancers and had designed a box with particular thought about the surfaces (dancers tend to walk around barefooted) and the light and heat (again, important if human beings are to use the box) and I left thinking that some boxes are good boxes! (words by Simon)
https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/5895





2. The school of historical dress
Next we went to a building that at one point housed a London Dispensary and some sort of soup kitchen for the poor. Now however it is a building housing The School of Historical Dress. A fantastic facility dedicated to learning and teaching how clothing was put together. I suspect some of my clothes making and reenacting friends would love to chat to these folk… and they had a grumpy cat trying to sleep amongst the ruffs and a Ghanian coffin in the shape of a tape measure.
openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/6825






















3.Weston Williamson + Partners. Architect studio
Next we popped in to an architects’ studio: a beautiful re-use of a long Victorian brick shed and I was so tempted to leave inspirational texts on post-its on their desks to see if I could single-handedly change the face of future British architecture when the architects return to work on the weekend: something like ‘Have you considered stone or brick?’, ‘Boxes are ugly and simple’ or ‘flat detail-less surfaces drain the life out of humanity.
openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/2353













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4. The Church of St.John The Martyr
Then there was an unplanned visit to The Church of St.John The Martyr at Southwark which had a beautiful cherub-filled plaster ceiling, large wooden box-pews and a modern but useful crypt. If you’re a Dickens fan it also features heavily in Little Dorrit.
 








TBC....
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