Following the success of its fourth edition, Open House Lagos (OHL), presented by the Open House Lagos Board, will hold its 5th edition on 7th – 8th November 2020.
The first edition in 2016 which was the first of its kind in Africa recorded an outstanding success which was reflected by the extensive press coverage, over 1500 volunteer applications, positive feedback from the visitors and building owners as well as the number of buildings that signed on.
This year, Open House Lagos will launch its first online festival due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The festival will take place over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of November, 2020 through all our digital platforms spread over two days, with a 48-hour streamed festival of discussions, tours, and more.
Open House Lagos presents an opportunity to see, explore, and learn about Lagos’ architecture all for free. The theme this year, Closed Circle promotes multiple perspectives of thinking about design and how it interacts with the economy, society, and the city we live in. The circular economy approach ensures that we are creating sustainable processes and environments.
Open House Lagos tells the story of the progressive growth of architecture in Lagos, exploring the diverse historical buildings protected for years while unraveling contemporary designs. The festival will be broadcast via the Open House Worldwide website.
Here’s a statement from Chuka Ihonor – Principal architect of ARG and a Trustee at Open House Lagos:
“Good design, whether art, architecture, product design, fashion or urbanism is interventionist and [positively] disruptive; in some way counter to nature but ultimately complementary. I was reminded in a recent chat that design must also bear the tenets of ‘Circular Economy’ in this new age. I could not agree more. However, designers must create that which goes further to affect the senses. What is life after all without pleasure?
Open House Lagos has sought to champion these ideas, engaging with the common (wo)man in an exchange process. Through relations with other Open House organizations worldwide via OHWW (Open House Worldwide), a larger conversation is created and ongoing.
The Open House concept was founded in 1992 in London by Victoria Thornton, with the aim of fostering a better understanding of architecture and the built environment outside the profession. To reflect the ever-growing number of cities adopting the concept around the world, the Open House Worldwide Family brand was created in 2010, connecting a community of over 30 cities who organize annual events with the same model, and an audience of over 1 million people who participate in Open House events across the globe. The concept’s success is due to it acting as an exemplary model of engagement with a city’s citizens, and a step towards bridging the gap between experts and users.
Livin Spaces is a media partner for this year’s Open House Festival.