The newly built National Tennis Centre in Roehampton is one of 13 local
buildings throwing open its doors to the public as part of the Open
House London Weekend.
The annual architectural festival takes place September 19 - 20 when hundreds of the capitalís buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public, will reveal their interiors free of charge.
Over 700 architectural activities will be taking place, from talks and tours, visits and debates.
The buildings involved range from nationally important architectural masterpieces, to small domestic dwellings.
This year there will be a special focus on examples of sustainable design and many regeneration and urban design professionals will be leading site visits.
The 13 Wandsworth buildings taking part include the National Tennis Centre - a new facility dedicated to preparing young British players for world class competitions. Three-dimensional grid shell, dome-like roofs cover six in-door courts for year-round use. The gyms and training areas are on one side and the residential areas, carefully articulated with balconies and windows, are on the other, giving scale and richness to the facade.
Renowned architecture practice Foster and Partners will open up their Battersea head quarters. The single-space, double-height purpose-built architects' studio is 60 metres long - part of a larger river-side building that has 30 apartments and the Foster-designed Albion complex next door.
Once again, the magnificent Tooting Bec Lido, one of the largest open-air swimming pools in Europe, will be open to the public throughout the weekend.
The Gala Bingo Hall (former Granada Cinema) in Tooting is another local landmark taking part in this yearís programme. The building is an exceptional example of the "super cinema style" of the 1930s with outstanding gothic interior by Theodore Komisarjevsky. It was the first cinema to be Grade I Listed.
For more information visit www.openhouse.org.uk
A list of all buildings in Wandsworth taking part in the Open House 2009 event follows:
All Saints Church, Putney Common SW15 1HN
Sat 2pm-5pm / Sun 2pm-5pm.
Brandlehow Road, Putney SW15 2EDS
Sat 10am-4pm. First come basis, queuing outside if necessary. Last entry 3.30pm.
Emanuel School, Battersea Rise SW11 1HS
Sat 2pm-4pm. Regular tours every 30 mins. Last tour and entry 3.30pm.
Foster + Partners Studio, Riverside, 22 Hester Road SW11 4AN
Sat 10am-5pm. Regular tours. Last entry 4.45pm.
Gala Bingo Hall (former Granada Cinema), Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 9NA
Sun 9am-11am. Last entry 11am.
National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton SW15 5JQ
Sat 10am-3pm/Sun 10am-3pm. Tours at 10am and 1pm, first come basis.
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ
Sat 11am-5pm/Sun 11am-5pm. Last entry 4.30pm.
Quaker Meeting House, 59 Wandsworth High Street SW18 2PT
Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, Trinity Road SW18 3SX
Sat 10am-5pm/Sun 10am-5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.
St Mary's Church, Battersea Church Road SW11 3NA
Sat 12noon-5pm/Sun 1pm-6pm. Regular tours.
St Mary's Church, Balham High Road SW12 9BS
Thomas's London Day Schools Clapham: Reception Block, Broomwood Road SW11 6JZ
Sat 10am-1pm. First come basis. Architect will be on site.
Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting Bec Road SW16 1RU
Date posted: 20 August 2009